of Satan and the Fallen Angels
(according to the 1964 Roman Ritual)
Order of His Holiness Pope Leo XIII
The Holy Father
exhorted priests to say this prayer as often as possible, as a simple
exorcism to curb the power of the devil and prevent him from doing harm.
The faithful may also say it
privately for the same purpose, as any approved prayer. Likewise, Jesus in His
Message through the seer, Veronica of the Cross, exhorts: "You must always test
the spirits and say the [long] Saint Michael Exorcism whenever possible" (June
It could be used as a solemn exorcism (an official
and public ceremony, in Latin), to expel the devil. It would then be said
by a priest, in the name of the Church and only with a Bishop's
St. Michael the Archangel
In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.
St. Michael the
Archangel, illustrious leader of the heavenly army, defend us in the battle
against principalities and powers, against the rulers of the world of darkness
and the spirit of wickedness in high places. Come to the rescue of mankind, whom
God has made in His own image and likeness, and purchased from Satan's tyranny
at so great a price. Holy Church venerates thee as her patron and
guardian. The Lord has entrusted to thee the task of leading the souls of
the redeemed to heavenly blessedness. Entreat the Lord of peace to cast
Satan down under our feet, so as to keep him from further holding man captive
and doing harm to the Church. Carry our prayers up to God's throne, that
the mercy of the Lord may quickly come and lay hold of the beast, the serpent of
old, Satan and his demons, casting him in chains into the abyss, so that he can
no longer seduce the nations. (Apoc. 20.2-3).
In the name of
Jesus Christ, our Lord and God, by the intercession of Mary, spotless Virgin and
Mother of God, of St. Michael the Archangel, of the blessed apostles Peter and
Paul, and of all the saints, (and by the authority residing in our holy
ministry)** we steadfastly proceed to combat the onslaught of the
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God arises; His enemies are scattered, and those who hate Him flee before Him.
R. As smoke is driven away, so are they driven; as wax melts before the fire,
so the wicked perish before God.
See the cross of the Lord; begone, you hostile powers!
R. The stem of David, the lion of Juda's tribe has conquered.
V. May Thy mercy, Lord, remain with us always.
R. For we put our whole trust in Thee.
crosses + below indicate a blessing to be given if a priest recites the
Exorcism; otherwise a lay person is to make the Sign of the Cross.
We cast you out,
every unclean spirit, every satanic power, every onslaught of the infernal
adversary, every legion, every diabolical group and sect, in the name and by the
power of our Lord Jesus +
Christ. We command you, begone and fly far from the Church of God, from
the souls made by God in His image and redeemed by the precious blood of the
divine Lamb +.
No longer dare,
cunning serpent, to deceive the human race, to persecute God's Church, to strike
God's elect and to sift them as wheat. +
For the Most High God commands you, +
He to whom you once proudly presumed yourself equal; He who wills all men to be
saved and come to the knowledge of truth (I Tim. 2.4). God the Father +
commands you. God the Son +
commands you. God the Holy +
Spirit commands you. Christ, the
eternal Word of God made flesh, commands you, +
who humbled Himself, becoming obedient even unto death, to save our race from
the perdition wrought by your envy; who founded His Church upon a firm rock,
declaring that the gates of hell should never prevail against her, and that He
would remain with her all days, even to the end of the world. The sacred
mystery of the cross +
commands you, along with the power of all mysteries of Christian faith. +
The exalted Virgin Mary, Mother of God, +
commands you, who in her lowliness crushed your proud head from the first moment
of her Immaculate Conception. The faith of the holy apostles Peter and
Paul and the other apostles +
commands you. The blood of martyrs and the devout prayers of all holy men
and women command +
accursed dragon and every diabolical legion, we adjure you by the living +
God, by the true +
God, by the holy +
God, by God, who so loved the world that He gave His only-begotten Son, that
whoever believes in Him might not perish but have everlasting life; to cease
deluding human creatures and filling them with the poison of everlasting
damnation; to desist from harming the Church and hampering her freedom.
Begone, Satan, father and master of lies, enemy of man's welfare. Give
place to Christ, in whom you found none of your works. Give way to the
one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church, which Christ Himself purchased with
His blood. Bow down before God's mighty hand, tremble and flee as we call
on the holy and awesome name of Jesus, before whom the denizens of hell cower,
to whom the heavenly Virtues and Powers and Dominations are subject, whom the
Cherubim and Seraphim praise with unending cries as they sing: Holy, holy, holy,
Lord God of Sabaoth.
heed my prayer.
R. And let my cry be heard by Thee.
V. The Lord be with thee.
R. May He also be with thee.
God of heaven
and earth, God of the angels and archangels, God of the patriarchs and prophets,
God of the apostles and martyrs, God of the confessors and virgins, God who has
power to bestow life after death and rest after toil; for there is no other God
than Thee, nor can there be another true God beside Thee, the Creator of all
things visible and invisible, whose kingdom is without end; we humbly entreat
Thy glorious majesty to deliver us by Thy might from every influence of the
accursed spirits, from their every evil snare and deception, and to keep us from
all harm; through Christ our Lord.
From the snares of the devil.
R. Lord, deliver us.
That Thou help Thy Church to serve Thee in security and freedom.
R. We beg Thee to hear us.
That Thou humble the enemies of holy Church.
R. We beg Thee to hear us.
surroundings are sprinkled with holy water.)
Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle, be our protection against the
wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray and
do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the Divine Power of God, cast
into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who wander throughout the world
seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.
years indulgence; plenary under the usual conditions, if this short invocation is
recited daily during a month.
Long form Exorcism taken
from The Roman Ritual, 1964;
Imprimatur: + John P. Treacy S.T.D., Bishop of La Crosse, Sept. 1, 1964