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==Exorcism Prayers==
===In the prayer bookPrayer by St. John Chrysostom===Prayer EXORCISMS or PRAYERS OF DELIVERANCE FOR GENERAL USE by St. John Chrysostom (344-407 A.D.)  O Eternal God, Who has redeemed the race of men from thecaptivity of the devil, deliver Thy servant/handmaid from all theworkings of interdiction unclean spirits. Command the evil and impure spiritsand demons to depart from the soul and body of Styourservant/handmaid and not to remain nor hide in him/her. [[Basil Let thembe banished from this the Great]] creation of Thy hands in Thine own holyname and that is read by a [[priest]] over one suffering of Thine only begotten Son and of Thy life-creatingSpirit, so that, after being cleansed from demonsall demonic influence,he/she may live godly, justly and righteously and may be countedworthy to receive the Holy Mysteries of Thine only-begotten Son::O and our God with Whom Thou art blessed and glorified togetherwith the all holy and good and life-creating Spirit now and everand unto the ages of gods ages. Amen.   O Thou Who hast rebuked all unclean spirits and Lord by the power of lordsThy Word has banished the legion, come now, through Thine onlybegotten Son upon this creature, Creator which Thou hast fashioned inThine own image and deliver him/her from the adversary thatholds him/her in bondage, so that, receiving Thy mercy andbecoming purified, he/she might join the ranks of Thy holy flockand be preserved as a living temple of the Holy Spirit and mightreceive the divine and holy Mysteries through the grace andcompassion and loving kindness of Thine only-begotten Son withWhom Thou art blessed together with Thine all-holy and good andlife-creating Spirit now and ever and unto the fiery ranksages of ages. Amen.   We beseech Thee, O Lord, Almighty God, Most High, untempted, peaceful King. We beseech Thee Who has created the heaven and Fashioner the earth, for out of Thee has issued the Alpha and the fleshless powersOmega, the Artisan of heavenly things beginning and those under the heavensend, Whom no Thou Who has ordained that the fourfootedand irrational beasts be under subjection to man has seen, nor for Thouhast subjected them. Lord, stretch out Thy mighty hand and Thysublime and holy arm and in Thy watchful care look down uponthis Thy creature and send down upon him/her a peaceful angel, amighty angel, a guardian of soul and body, that will rebuke anddrive away every evil and unclean demon from him/her, for Thoualone are Lord, Most High, almighty and blessed unto ages of ages.Amen.    We make this great, divine, holy and awesome invocation andplea, O devil, for thine expulsion, as well as this rebuke for yourutter annihilation, O apostate!God Who is able to seeholy, beginningless, frightful, invisible in essence,infinite in power and incomprehensible in divinity, the King ofglory and Lord Almighty, He shall rebuke thee, devil! -- He Whocomposed all things well by his Word from nothingness into being;He Who walks upon the wings of the air.The Lord rebukes thee, Whom devil! -- He Who calls forth the water ofthe sea and pours it upon the face of all creation fearsthe earth. Lord of Hosts isHis name. Devil: Into the dark depths Lord rebukes thee! He Who is ministered toand praised by numberless heavenly orders and adored andglorified in fear by multitudes of Hell You hurled angelic and archangelic hosts.Satan: the commander who had become proudLord rebukes thee! He Who is honored by the encirclingPowers, the awesome six-winged and many-eyed Cherubim andSeraphim that cover their faces with two wings because of Hisinscrutable and unseen divinity and with two wings cover theirfeet, lest they be seared by His unutterable glory andincomprehensible majesty, and whowith two wings do fly and fill theheavens with their shouts of "Holy, holy, holy, Lord Sabaoth, because heaven and earth are full of his disobedient serviceThy glory!"Devil: The Lord rebukes thee! He Who came down from theFather's bosom and, through the holy, inexpressible, immaculateand adorable Incarnation from the Virgin, was appeared ineffably in theworld to save it and cast thee down from heaven in Hisauthoritative power and showed thee to be an outcast to every man.Satan: The Lord rebukes thee! He Who said to the sea, be silent, bestill, and instantly it was calmed at His command. Devil: The Lordrebukes thee! He Who made clay with His immaculate spittle andrefashioned the wanting member of the height man blind from birth and gave him his sight.Devil: The Lord rebukes thee! He Who by His word restored to earthlifethe daughter of the ruler of the synagogue and snatched the son ofthe widow out from the mouth of death and gave him whole andsound to his own mother. Devil: The Lord rebukes thee! The LordWho raised Lazarus the four-days dead from the dead, undecayed, as well if not having died, and unblemished to the astonishment of many.Satan: The Lord rebukes thee! He Who destroyed the curse by theblow on His face and by the lance in His immaculate side lifted theflaming sword that guarded Paradise. Devil: The Lord rebukesthee! He Who dried all tears from every face by the spitting uponHis precious expressed image. Devil: The Lord rebukes thee! HeWho set His Cross as a support, the salvation of the world, to thyfall and the fall of all the angels under thee.Devil: The Lord rebukes thee! He Who spoke from His Cross andthe curtain of the [[angel]]s that fell away with himtemple was torn in two, and the rocks were splitand the tombs were opened and those who were dead from the ageswere raised up. Devil: The Lord rebukes thee! He Who by deathput death to death and by His rising granted life to all having become evil demonsmen. Grant May the Lord rebuke thee, Satan! -- that this my exorcism being performed is, He Who descendedinto Hades and opened its tombs and set free those held prisoner in Your awesome nameit, be terrible calling them to Himself; before Whom the Master gatekeepers of Hadesshuddered when they saw Him and, hiding themselves, vanished inthe anguish of evil Hades. May the Lord rebuke thee, devil! -- That is,Christ our God Who arose from the dead and granted HisResurrection to all his minions who had fallen men.  May the Lord rebuke thee, Satan! -- He Who in glory ascendedinto heaven to His Father, sitting on the right of majesty upon thethrone of glory. Devil: May the Lord rebuke thee! He Who shallcome again with glory upon the clouds of heaven with him His holyangels to judge the living and the dead. Devil: May the Lordrebuke thee! He Who has prepared for thee unquenchable fire, theunsleeping worm and the outer darkness unto eternal punishment.Devil: May the Lord rebuke thee! For before Him all thingsshudder and tremble from the height face of brightnessHis power and the wrath ofHis warning upon thee is uncontainable. Drive him into banishmentSatan: The Lord rebukesthee by His frightful name!  Shudder, tremble, be afraid, commanding him to depart hence, so that no harm might be worked against Your sealed Imageutterly destroyed, bebanished! Thee who fell from heaven and together with thee allevil spirits: every evil spirit of lust, the spirit of evil, a day andnocturnal spirit, a noonday and evening spirit, a midnight spirit, animaginative spirit, an encountering spirit, either of the dry land orof the water, or one in a forest, or among the reeds, or in trenches,or in a road or a crossroad, in lakes, or streams, in houses, or onesprinkling in the baths and chambers, or one altering the mind ofman. Depart swiftly from this creature of the Creator Christ our God!Andbe gone from the servant/handmaid of God ___________,from his/her mind, from his/her soul, from his/her heart, fromhis/her reins, as You have commandedfrom his/her senses, from all his/her members, thathe/she might become whole and sound and free, knowing God,his/her own Master and Creator of all things, let He Who gatherstogether those who are sealed receive have gone astray and Who gives them the sealof salvation through the strength rebirth and restoration of divine Baptism,so that he may be counted worthy of His immaculate, heavenly andawesome Mysteries and be united to tread upon serpents His true fold, dwelling in aplace of pasture and scorpionsnourished on the waters of repose, guidedpastorally and upon all power safely by the staff of the EnemyCross unto the forgivenessof sins and life everlasting. For manifestedunto Him belong all glory, hymnedhonor, adoration and glorified majestytogether with fear, by everything that has breath is Your most holy Name: of the Thy beginningless Father, and of the SonHis all-holy, good and of the Holy life-giving Spirit, now and ever , and into unto ages of ages. Amen.   
===In the prayers for entrance into the [[Catechumen]]ate===
{{stub}}Note: these exorcisms are at the very beginning of the making of the Catechumanate service. They precede the candidate renouncing the devil, pledging allegiance to Christ, baptism and Chrismation. FIRST EXORCISM    Priest: Let us pray to the Lord People: Lord, have mercy Priest: The Lord rebukes you, O Devil, for he came into the world and dwelt among men in order to shatter your tyranny and free mankind; hanging on the Cross, he triumphed over all the hostile powers, when the sun was darkened and the earth was shaken, when the graves were opened and the bodies of the Saints rose; he destroyed death by death and conquered you, O Devil, who had the power of death. I adjure you in the name of God who revealed the tree of life and appointed the Cherubim and the fiery sword that turns each way to guard it. Be rebuked and depart; for I adjure you in the name of him who walked on the water as if it were dry land, and calmed the tempest whose look dries up the abyss and whose threatening makes the mountains melt away. It is this same Lord who now commands you, through us. Fear, come out and depart from this human being(these human beings), and never return, not hide in him(her/them), neither meet nor act upon him(her/them), not by night or by day, not at dawn or at noontime, but depart to your own darkness until the appointed day of judgment. Fear God who sits upon the Cherubim and looks down into the abyss; before whom tremble Angels, Archangels, Thrones, Dominions, Principalities, Authorities, Powers, the many-eyed Cherubim and the six-winged Seraphim; before whom tremble the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them. Come out and depart from this soldier(these soldiers) or Christ our God, for he(she) has (they have) been marked with the sign of the Cross and newly enlisted. For it is in His name that I adjure you, the name of the Lord who walks upon the wings of the wind, who makes his Angels spirits and his ministers a flaming fire. Come out and depart from this human being (these human beings), with all your power and your angels. For the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit is glorified, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen    SECOND EXORCISMPriest: Let us pray to the Lord People: Lord, have mercy Priest: God the holy, the fearful, the glorious, incomprehensible and inscrutable in all his works and all his might, who ordained for you, O Devil, the punishment of eternal torment, through us his unworthy servants, orders you, and all the powers that work with you, to depart from him(her/them) who has(have) been newly sealed in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, our true God. Therefore, I adjure you, most wicked, impure, abominable, loathsome and alien spirit: Come out of the man and never again enter into him. Depart, admit the vanity of your power which could not even control the swine. Remember him who, at your own request, commanded you to enter into the herd of the swine. Fear God, by whose command the earth was made firm upon the waters; who made the heaven, who weighted the mountains in a balance and the valleys on a pair of scales (Is 40,12) who placed the sand as a boundary to the sea and a safe path in the raging waters; who makes the mountains smoke at his touch; who clothes himself with light as a garment; who covers over his lofty dwellings with waters; who laid the foundations of the earth so secure that it should never be shaken from them; who lifts up the water and the sea and returns it as rain upon the face of all the earth. Come out and depart from him (her/them) who is (are) now preparing for holy illumination. I adjure you by the saving Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ and his sacred Body and Blood and his awesome return; for he shall come without delay to judge all the earth, and shall assign you, and all the powers working with you, to the fire of hell, having deliver you to the outer darkness, where the worm constantly devours, and the fire is never extinguished. For the power belongs to Christ our God, together with the Father and the Holy Spirit, now and ever unto the ages of ages Amen.    THIRD EXORCISMPriest: Let us pray to the Lord People: Lord, mercy  Priest: O Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, who heal every illness every infirmity, look upon your servant(s) (N); seek out examine and expel from him (her/them) all the workings of the Devil. Rebuke the impure spirits and banish them, and cleanse the work(s) of your hands; by your swift action crush Satan under his (her/their) feet, and grant to him (her/them) victory over the Devil and his impure spirits; so that, having received your mercy, he (she/they) may become worthy of your immortal and heavenly mysteries and may give glory to you, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to ages of ages. Amen.   
===Prayers of St. Basil the Great===
{{stub}}FIRST PRAYER OF EXORCISM & HEALING - St. Basil the Great – 330 -379AD LET US PRAY TO THE LORD. Lord, have mercy.   O God of gods and Lord of lords, Creator of the fiery spirits andArtificer of the invisible powers, of all things heavenly and earthly:Thou Who no man has seen -- nor is able to see; Thou Whom allcreation fears and before Whom it trembles; Thou Who didst castinto the darkness of the abyss of Tartars the angels who did fallaway with him who once was commander of the angelic host, whodisobeyed Thee and haughtily refused to serve Thee, do Thouexpel by the terror of Thy name the evil one and his legions looseupon the earth, Lucifer and those with him who fell from above.Set him to flight and command him and his demons to departcompletely. Let no harm come to them who are sealed in Thyimage and let those who are sealed receive dominion, "to tread onserpents and scorpions and all the power of the enemy." For Theedo we hymn and magnify and with every breath do we glorify Thyall-holy name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spiritnow and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.  SECOND PRAYER OF EXORCISM - St Basil the Great LET US PRAY TO THE LORD. Lord, have mercy.   I expel you, primal source of blasphemy, prince of the rebel host,originator of evil. I expel you, Lucifer, who was cast from thebrilliance on high into the darkness of the abyss on account of yourarrogance: I expel you and all the fallen hosts which followed yourwill: I expel you, spirit of uncleanness, who revolted againstAdonai, Elohim, the omnipotent God of Sabaoth and the army ofHis angels. Be gone and depart from the servant/handmaid of God______________. I expel you in the name of Him Who created allthings by His Word, His Only-Begotten Son, our Lord JesusChrist, Who was ineffably and dispassionately born before all theages; by Whom was formed all things visible and invisible, Whomade man after His Image: Who guarded him by the angels, Whotrained him in the Law, Who drowned sin in the flood of watersfrom above and Who shut up the abysses under the heaven, Whodemolished the impious race of giants, Who shook down the towerof Babel, Who reduced Sodom and Gomorrah to ashes by sulfurand fire, a fact to which the unceasing vapors testify; and Who bythe staff of Moses separated the waters of the Red Sea, opening awaterless path for the people while the tyrannical Pharaoh and hisGod-fighting army were drowned forever in its waves for hiswicked persecution of them; and Who in these last days wasinexplicably incarnate of a pure Virgin who preserved the seal ofher chastity intact; and Who was pleased to purge our ancientdefilement in the baptismal cleansing. I expel you, Satan, by virtueof Christ's baptism in the Jordan, which for us is a type of ourinheritance of incorruption through grace and sanctified waters: thesame One Who astounded the angels and all the heavenly powerswhen they beheld God incarnate in the flesh and also revealed atthe Jordan His beginningless Father and the Holy Spirit withWhom He shares the unity of the Trinity. I expel you, evil one, inthe name of Him Who rebuked the winds and stilled the turbulentsea; Who banished the legion of demons and opened the eyes ofhim who was born blind from his mother's womb; and Who fromclay fashioned sight for him, whereby He re-enacted the ancientrefashioning of our face; Who restored the speech of thespeechless, purged the stigma of leprosy, raised the dead from thegrave and Who Himself despoiled Hades by His death andResurrection thereby rendering mankind impervious to death. Iexpel you, in the name of Almighty God Who filled men with theinbreathing of a divinely inspired voice and Who wrought togetherwith the Apostles the piety, which has filled the universe. Fear andflee, run, leave, unclean and accursed spirit, deceitful andunseemly creature of the infernal depths, visible through deceit,hidden by pretense. Depart wherever you may appear, Beelzebub,vanish as smoke and heat, bestial and serpentine thing, whetherdisguised as male or female, whether beast or crawling thing orflying, whether garrulous, mute or speechless, whether bringingfear of being trampled, or rending apart, conniving, whetheroppressing him/her in sleep, by some display of weakness, bydistracting laughter, or taking pleasure in false tears whether bylechery or stench of carnal lust, pleasure, addiction to drugs,divination or astrology, whether dwelling in a house, whetherpossessed by audacity, or contentiousness or instability, whetherstriking him with lunacy, or returning to him after the passage oftime, whether you be of the morning, noonday, midnight or night,indefinite time or daybreak, whether spontaneously or sent tosomeone or coming upon him/her unawares, whether from the sea,a river, from beneath the earth, from a well, a ravine, a hollow, alake, a thicket of reeds, from matter, land, refuse, whether from agrove, a tree, a thicket, from a fowl, or thunder, whether from theprecincts of a bath, a pool of water or from a pagan sepulcher orfrom any place where you may lurk; whether by knowledge orignorance or any place not mentioned. Depart, separate yourselffrom him/her, be ashamed before him who was made in the imageof God and shaped by His hand. Fear the likeness of the incarnateGod and no longer hide in His servant/handmaid____________;rather await the rod of iron, the fiery furnace of Tartars, thegnashing of teeth as reprisal for disobedience. Be afraid, be still,flee, neither return nor hide in him some other kind of evil, uncleanspirits. Depart into the uncultivated, waterless waste of the desertwhere no man dwells, where God alone vigilantly watches, Whoshall bind you that dares with envy to plot against His image andWho, with chains of darkness shall hold you in Tartars, Who byday and night and for a great length of time has devised all mannerof evils, O devil; for great is your fear of God and great is the gloryof the Father, of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.   THIRD PRAYER OF EXORCISM BY St Basil the Great LET US PRAY TO THE LORD. Lord, have mercy.   O God of the heavens, God of Light, God of the Angels and Archangels obedient to Thine Authority and Power; O God Who art glorified in Thy Saints, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Thine Only-begotten Son, Who delivered the souls which were bound to death and Who enlightened them that dwelt in darkness; He Who released us from all our misery and pain and Who has protected us from the assaults of the enemy. And Thou, O Son and Word of God, has purposed us for immortality by Thy death and glorified us with Thy glory; Thou Who loosed us from the fetters of our sins through Thy Cross, rendering us pleasing to Thyself and uniting us with God; Thou Who didst rescue us from destruction and cured all our diseases; Thou Who set us on the path to heaven and changed our corruption to incorruption. Hear Thou me who cry unto Thee with longing and fear, Thou before Whom the mountains and the firmament under the heavens do shrink; Thou Who makest the physical elements to tremble, keeping them within their own limits; and because of Whom the fires of retribution dare not overstep the boundary set for them but must await the decision of Thy Will; and for Whom all creation sighs with great sighs awaiting deliverance; by Whom all adverse natures have been put to flight and the legion of the enemy has been subdued, the devil is affrighted, the serpent trampled under foot and the dragon slain;Thou Who has enlightened the nations which confess and welcome Thy rule, O Lord; Thou through Whom life hath appeared, hope hath prevailed, through Whom the man of the earth was recreated by belief in Thee. For Who is like unto Thee, Almighty God? Wherefore we beseech Thee, O Father, Lord of mercies, Who existed before the ages and surpasses all good, calling upon Thy holy name, through the love of Thy Child, Jesus Christ, the Holy One, and Thine All-powerful Spirit. Cast away from his/her soul every malady, all disbelief, spare him/her from the furious attacks of unclean, infernal, fiery, evil-serving, lustful spirits, the love of gold and silver, conceit, fornication, every shameless, unseemly, dark and profane demon. Indeed, O God, expel from Thy servant/handmaiden _________ every energy of the devil, every enchantment and delusion; all idolatry, lunacy, astrology, necromancy, every bird of omen, the love of luxury and the flesh, all greed, drunkenness, carnality, adultery, licentiousness, shamelessness, anger, contentiousness, confusion and all evil suspicion. Yea, O Lord our God, breathe upon him/her the Spirit of Thy Peace, watch over him/her and produce thereby the fruits of faith, virtue, wisdom, chastity, self-control, love, uprightness, hope, meekness, longsuffering, patience, prudence and understanding in Thy servant/handmaiden that he/she may be welcomed by Thee in the name of Jesus Christ, believing in the coessential Trinity, giving witness and glorifying Thy dominion, along with the Angels and Archangels and all the heavenly host, guarding our hearts by them; for all things are possible to Thee, O Lord. Therefore, we ascribe glory to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto the ages of ages. Amen. ===Prayer by a Priest for a Home Troubled by Evil Spirits===  O Lord God of our salvation, Son of the Living God, Who is borne by the Cherubim, being above all dominions, principalities, authorities and powers: You are great and fearsome to all around You. You are the One Who set the heavens like a vault and made the earth in Your might; Who directs the universe in Your wisdom. When earthquakes occur under heaven from the foundations, its pillars are unshaken. You speak and the sun does not shine. You sealed the stars. You forbad the seas and dried them up. Authorities and dominions hide from Your wrath, and the rock trembles before You. You obliterated the gates of brass and demolished the bars of iron. You bound the Mighty One and smashed his vessels. By Your Cross You cast down tyrants and drew in the Serpent with the hook of Your humanity. Having cast him down, You bound him with hooks in the gloom of Tartarus. As the same Lord, the Hope of those who place their confirmation on You, and the Wall of might for those whose expectation is in You, anathematize, drive away and transform all diabolical actions and all satanic indictments, all slanders of the Adversary, and of the powers lying under this roof. Free those bearing the Sign which is awesome against demons: the Cross of Your victory, and calling upon Your gracious Name, from possession by him and from those wandering about under this roof. Yea, Lord, You drove away legions of demons, and the demons and unclean spirits by which the deaf and dumb were held. These You commanded to depart and not to return again. You have consumed all the armies of our invisible enemies, and have made wise the faithful who have known You. For You said, "Behold, I give you power to trample underfoot snakes and scorpions, and all the power of enemies" (Luke 10:19). Preserve, O Master, all who live in the house from all harm and every temptation from below, delivering them from fear of the feeble one and the arrows that fly by day, from things proceeding from the darkness and attacks by demons at midday. Let Your servants and Your children, delighting in Your help, and preserved by armies of angels, faithfully sing with one accord: "The Lord is my Helper and I will not be afraid; what can man do to me?" and again, "I will fear no evil, for You are with me." As You are my Confirmation, O God, Mighty Master, Prince of Peace, and Father of the age to come, for Your kingdom is an eternal Kingdom, to you alone is the Kingdom, and the Power, and the Glory, with the Father and the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.  ===Prayer to be Free of Evil Eye===PRAYER AGAINST THE EVIL EYE  Let us pray to the Lord…Lord have mercy  O Lord Our God, the King of the ages, almighty and all powerful, who create and alter all things by your will alone; who changed into dew the flames of the furnace in Babylon that had been heated seven times more than usual, and preserved in safety your three holy youths; the physican and healer of our souls; the security of those who hope in you; we pray you and beseech you: Remove, drive away and banish every diabolical activity, every satanic attack and every plot, evil curiousity and injury, and the evil eye of mischievous and wicked men from your servant (Name); and whether it was brought about by beauty, or bravery, or happiness, or jealousy and envy, or evil eye, do you yourself, O Lord who love mankind, stretch out your mighty hand and your powerful and lofty arm, look down on this your creature and watch over him(her), and send him(her) an angel of peace, a mighty guardian of soul and body, who will rebuke and banish from him (her) every wicked intention, every spell and evil eye of destructive and envious men; so that, guarded by your, your supplicant may sing to you with thanksgiving: The Lord is my helper, and I shall not be afraid; what can man do to me? And again: I shall fear no evil because you are with me. For you are God my strength, the powerful ruler, the Prince of Peace, the Father of the age to come. Yes, Lord, our God, spare your creature and save your servant (Name) from every injury and brought about by the evil eye, and keep him (her) safe above every ill. For your are our King and all things are possible to Thee, O Lord. Therefore, we ascribe glory to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto the ages of ages. Amen.
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