ACTION ITEM! BISHOPS and PRIESTS – Exorcise and bless!

Luke 4:40-41:

When the sun was setting, all those who had any that were sick with various diseases brought them to Him; and He laid His hands on every one of them and healed them. And demons also came out of many, crying out and saying, “You are the Christ, the Son of God!”

Mark 1:32–1:34

At evening, when the sun had set, they brought to Him all who were sick and those who were demon-possessed. And the whole city was gathered together at the door. Then He healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and He did not allow the demons to speak, because they knew Him.

Matthew 8:16-17:

That evening they brought to him many who were possessed with demons; and he cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick. This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah, “He took our infirmities and bore our diseases.”

Mark 6:7, 12-13:

And [Jesus] called to him the twelve, and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits.   So they went out and preached that men should repent. And they cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many that were sick and healed them.

A few points:

  • There is a strong connect between the Lord healing physical ailments and the casting out of demons.
  • The Lord sends the Apostles with His authority and they heal and cast out demons.
  • The Church has Christ’s authority and the Apostolic Succession.  Priests, sacerdotes (priests and bishops) can wield this power by the authority of the Church.
  • Bishops have this authority by their office.  Priests share in the bishop’s ministry and the bishop can give them his authority to give certain blessings and to use certain rites of exorcism.
  • Most of the Church’s blessing prayers and many of her liturgical orations explicitly ask for salus animae et corporis… health of mind and body.
  • Exorcists report that the older, traditional rites of exorcism and the blessing of sacramentals are more effective than the newer rites.

I urge that bishops…

  • pronounce the long St. Michael Prayer over their entire dioceses using the Rituale Romanum Title XI, Ch. 3.  Then they should bless the diocese.  They should do the same in their cathedral churches and the chancery offices and their own residence.   They should use Holy Water blessed with the traditional Rituale Romanum.
  • give their priests permission to use Title XI, Ch. 3.  Ask the priests to exorcise the buildings of their parish, and the grounds, and the rectory.  And then bless them.  I can send recordings of the prayer to PRIESTS.  HERE
  • use the “Prayer in Times of Epidemics”.  HERE

Let us priests do what only we can do. 

Priests can say Title XI, Ch. 3 privately.  However, I am assured by an exorcist friend that when the priest has direct permission from the bishop to use the right, the impact on demons is magnified by leaps and bounds.   Demons are legalists.  The added authority is agony for them.

Anyone can practice the guidelines put out by authorities.  Anyone can engage, prudently and attentively, in works of mercy.   The work of mercy that priests can perform most effectively is precisely to be priests.   Let them use all the best, most effective tools and weapons of the spiritual battle against the presence pandemic. 

Fathers, say Mass and use Latin, and use the traditional Roman Rite.   This is a chance to LEARN IT.  Use the older Rituale Romanum.  If you need help with the Latin, I can help.  There are already some things posted.  I can post more.

Lay people: Ask your priests and bishops to do these things.  Ask them what they are doing.  Offer all encouragement you can.

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