Exorcism of a Community

Troops and officers who go into battle would do well to familiarize themselves with all the weapons at their disposal.  They should know a) that they have them, b) what they do and c) how to use them and when.  If they don’t know these things, when the fighting begins, they will probably be wiped out or routed, which can lead to the same end.

From a priest (edited):

I was appalled by the report you published from Australia [About a legislative attack on the Seal of Confession.]. I read somewhat on the Irish brouhaha that one of the ecclesiastical spokesmen said that this would go away once tempers cooled and reason once again dominated their government. I remember praying that this would be true. I also followed some of the abundant vitriol that was poured out upon Archbishop Chaput and the Vatican on the announcement of his accession to Philadelphia and was also horrified.

You have been asking for prayers and warning against the devil at work among us. I am familiar with this and you have my prayers. As I read though, the full realization came to me that all the horrors of the morals crisis in the Church and the blunders of the Church in dealing with the situation, the vicious attack on the bishops and clergy, guilty and innocent, the poor condition of the faith among the laity since Vatican II was so derailed and now the opening attack on the Sacrament of Confession and ultimately on the Sacrament of Holy Orders and the Authority of the Church – all of this is a well-planned and orchestrated plan of battle long since begun by Satan to bring down the Church and spit in God’s face. I am no alarmist and no believer in conspiracy theories but in this the pieces have suddenly come together for me and the fog has cleared – I am seeing the big picture. I was fooled into thinking that all this was disconnected vileness.

I wish we had never abandoned the prayers at the end of Mass, and we need them again! When I was facing strong opposition in my former parish, I went to my Bishop and asked permission to quietly and privately pray annually the “Exorcism of a Community” from the old Roman Ritual over my parish. It helped considerably and I suggest the same to priests if their bishops will grant permission.

Perhaps bishops would do the same for their dioceses!

Fraternally yours…

Perhaps the first step of a “promotion of a New Evangelization”?

It is good to find a priest who is aware of these weapons of spiritual warfare.

In the pre-Conciliar Rituale Romanum, in Part XIII on exorcism, in Chapter III, there is a rite of “Exorcism of Satan and the Fallen Angels”.

Chapter II has the rite for a particular person,  but Chapter III is for a community or locality.  The rite can be used by bishops or by priests who have permission.  Deacons cannot use it.  Lay people cannot do it and should never use it.  This is something which requires the priestly character.  In other words, this is one for the officers.

We are members of the Church Militant.  Under the banner of our King we are marching to our homeland through the territory which has its own Prince (cf. John 14:30-31), the Enemy.  There will be skirmishes along the way, attacks from spiritual terrorists, and pitched battles.

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  1. Sorbonnetoga says:

    We can’t exorcise but we can pray the St Michael prayer both for ourselves and with the intention of supporting our priests, though. It’s not really comparable but it’s worth doing what we can do.

  2. Bosco says:

    I am reminded of 1 Peter 4:17 “For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?”
    Our Lady of Fatima, Queen of the Holy Rosary, pray for us that our faith and strength may not fail.

  3. ray from mn says:

    I know a priest who says the Angelus and the St. Michael prayer after every Mass. With all the extemporizing during the Mass, why would a priest feel that he can’t say prayers before or after Mass?

  4. Bosco says:

    Not to overdo the scriptural references but I often think in these times of Our Lord’s words “For if they do these things when the wood is green, what will happen when it is dry?” Luke 23:31
    I think the signs of these times and I wonder.

  5. Stephen D says:

    I have only recently become aware of the approved apparitions of Our Lady of Good Success in Quito, Ecuador in the 17th Century but relates specifically to our own time, among other things, Our Lady said, “The Sacred Sacrament of Holy Orders will be ridiculed, oppressed and despised. …The demon will try to persecute the Ministers of the Lord in every possible way and he will labor with cruel and subtle astuteness to deviate them from the spirit of their vocation, corrupting many of them. These corrupted priests, who will scandalize the Christian people, will incite the hatred of the bad Christians and the enemies of the Roman, Catholic and Apostolic Church to fall upon ALL priests. This apparent triumph of Satan will bring enormous sufferings to the good Pastors of the Church….”

  6. a catechist says:

    Wow! I’ve never heard of “Exorcism of a Community” before. Maybe bishops could apply this to dissenting colleges in their diocese?!

  7. ipadre says:

    I have said that prayer privately for years and experienced great benefit!

  8. The Church will never fail even if it has to go underground just like Father Pro. But we all can pray and I know that The Savior accounts all of our prayers. “Jesus I Trust In You”.

  9. chcrix says:

    “well-planned and orchestrated plan of battle long since begun by Satan to bring down the Church”

    I tend to agree – but I think that the plan began around the time of Martin Luther. V2 is just the endgame.

  10. John UK says:

    Ray wrote:
    With all the extemporizing during the Mass, why would a priest feel that he can’t say prayers before or after Mass?

    Because I believe that you will find that the priests who want to say these prayers at the end of Mass are not the kind of priests who will be found extemporizing during Mass!

    Kind regards,
    John U.K.

  11. albizzi says:

    I believe that nobody will ever be able to objectively provide a good reason why pope Paul VI decided to expell the end of mass prayer to St Michael the Archangel from the Novus Ordo mass.
    Sadly this leads me to think that this pope was the worst we got since long and that he did this deliberately, being well aware of its consequences and (who knows?) possibly rejoicing of them.

  12. KAS says:

    Oh, it would be so good if more Priests did these prayers over their congregations. Can they also do prayers over their entire towns?

    We need it.

  13. smad0142 says:

    Claiming that a Pope did something with the intent of hurting the Church and opening Her to the further ravages of satan seems to me to be a denial of the indefectibility of the Church. Even if it isn’t though, you need one heck of a whole lot more than some half-cocked theory to insult the Vicar of Almighty God. I think His Holiness Pope Paul VI was duped by those around him, and that he had no idea what he was really doing. After all it is well reported that he died of a broken heart, and wept upon learning that he had suppressed the Octave of Pentecost. That does not seem to me like the actions of a man who rejoiced in harming the Church.

  14. Bosco says:

    It is my opinion (not a thing especially worthy of notice much less credence) that the times we are living through have something to do with The Third Secret of Fatima (‘Fourth Secret’ as Mr. Socci calls it). Perhaps Cardinal Bertone may be able to disabuse me of my opinion, but he will have a hard-sell doing it.

  15. Mike says:

    I took a walk through the local mall the other day to get to a Macy’s to look at a piece of furniture on sale. Wow. I mean, the 70s were stupid in a major way, but we have made obscenity into an an oject of fashion. I’m talking about the perfume and cologne ads…and it’s all taken in stride by most of us…

  16. albizzi says:

    Once you will have read the book of Father Luigi Villa “Paul VI beatified?” you will understand really who was Paul VI and the harm he did to our Church.
    Paul VI was not duped, that’s a too easy excuse. Instead he duped us : He allowed a freemason to build the N.O. mass but once he had dismissed Bugnini, he kept and enforced the NO without changing a iota. Read the testimony of Fr Louis Bouyer on that issue.
    I must add that neither Fr Villa nor Fr Bouyer are sedevacantists.

  17. Tina in Ashburn says:

    Stephen D: YES!! Our Lady of Good Success [approved] is worth reading. Our Lady describes great wreckage in the Church. The booklet is worth reading and gives better detail and context than the website. Also, online I find the conjecture of who and why a little off-putting, slanted towards some groups/opinions I’d rather stay away from. [just give me the words of Our Lady, thank you very much LOL]
    Our Lady mentions the destruction of Baptism even. I can’t help but think of the changes in the rules for conditional baptism, that every convert used to receive no matter from where they came. Also, with the change in the Sacrament of Baptism itself, the exorcism was dropped. BIG MISTAKE to do that.

  18. Tina in Ashburn says:

    I would very much like more exorcisms by priests to be said very frequently. Didn’t I just see an article describing how daily incessant exorcisms said by priests outside the building caused an abortuary to close?

    The prayers in the back of Fr Amorth’s books are excellent, which the laity can also say. There are many from which to choose and they aren’t made up junk – they are pre-existing prayers and novenas of the Church. Fr Amorth, with his knowledge and experience, picked these prayers very carefully.

    **Gabriele Amorth: An Exorcist Tells His Story and also, An Exorcist: More Stories
    Great books, real page-turners that every Catholic should read.

  19. Genevieve says:

    Father, what do you recommend we do to encourage our priests to pray this after Mas??

  20. albizzi says:

    Nobody forbids anyone to pray the St Michael prayer at the end of the mass.
    And I know at least one priest who says it at every mass without wondering if his bishop agrees.
    The problem isn’t about saying or not saying that prayer, the problem is: Do we truly believe that God may deliver us of all the evils in the Church through St Michael’s intercession?
    In my opinion the lay faithfuls are more convinced of this than their priests and bishops.
    Currently the modernist heresy is so widespread everywhere in the Church that nobody is able to discern with certainty where it is and where it is not, as if it had always existed .

  21. Tina in Ashburn says:

    “lay faithfuls are more convinced of this than their priests and bishops.”

    Fr Amorth wrote his two books for the priests and hierarchy because he saw that MOST of the clergy doesn’t understand the power [and weakness] of the devil, doesn’t believe in the devil, ignores the widespread suffering of humanity and the power of exorcism. He also mourned the change of the old Rite of Exorcism because the new rite leaves out crucial words and actions.

    **Gabriele Amorth: An Exorcist Tells His Story and also, An Exorcist: More Stories
    Great books, real page-turners that every Catholic should read.

  22. albizzi says:

    You are right in saying that the new exorcism rite doesn’t work as well as the old rite.
    But which was the true occult intent of those who changed the rite if not to edulcorate and weaken the exorcisms to allow a greater place to the Devil in the possessed souls and therefore in the world, the same intent as those who removed the end of mass to St Michael the Archangel.
    The old rite looked not enough “conciliar”, the modernists couldn’t prevent themselves to change it in a more modern way, to adapt a medioeval and obscurantist looking rite to our enlightened modern times. Since they no longer believe in the Devil nor in Hell, it was easy to foresight the results of their “works”.
    Fortunately, thanks to Fr Amorth, was pulled from the Pope the authorization to use the old rite when the exorcist deems it necessary.

  23. John Nolan says:

    Interesting. In the parish I have recently joined, and to my surprise, the prayer to St Michael from the former Leonine prayers (removed 1962) is said by all after Mass. The longer prayer in the Rituale Romanum (Titulus XI, Caput 3) is quite splendid. I have a pocket-sized edition of the Rituale (Latin only) and although most of the prayers are properly reserved to the priest, there is no reason why a layman should not privately pray this one. [You don’t. Fine. I do.]

  24. bookworm says:

    “what do you recommend we do to encourage our priests to pray this after Mass??”

    Set the Wayback Machine to April 21 and review this post:


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