Sunday, August 26, 2012

A Deliverance Prayer to Boot out the Occult

Normally, I raise my eyebrows at table-tipping mediums, snicker at the grainy tabloid covers with the bearded Nostradamus, scoff at turban-wearing astrologers, and shun the psychic network.
But when one of their kind dropped into my office unannounced (I worked for a non-prof in a strange part of town) and asked me courteously if he could read my palm for free, well let’s just say, I justified it as providence.  (This was before my reversion, when I was dabbling in “new age” novelty and extremely curious about my own future.)
            “Why not?”  I shrugged, feigning nonchalance for the sake of the staff.
            The old man traced the lines on my palm and told me exactly what I wanted to hear, “You will travel since your destiny lies in a far off land…”
            “Yes! I mean, Yes?”
            “You will marry a foreign man…”
            I leaned forward. “What’s he look like?”
            “Very handsome.”
            “Mmm.” I would have hugged him but his nicotine-smell created a barrier so I closed my eyes and hugged my hunky imagination.
            “You will have three children.  Two boys and one girl."
 Curly blonde hair, dimples, giggles and cotton candy hopscotched across my mind. “Go on.”
            “His parents will adore you…”
            I totally clocked out on him because I envisioned my fairy tale wedding, where I would walk with a silk Vera Wang gown, to the romantic violin of Bach’s Air on a G string , on a rose scented aisle –-
            “…so if you want to hear more, you have to pay me a fee so I can light a candle at the temple…”
            “Say what?”
            “I said if you have any questions, I have to do a full card reading on you and you would have to pay me to light a candle.” 
            Go ahead. Twirl your forefinger around your ear and call me “cuckoo” because I took out my wallet and asked him a question to keep my daydreams running.  Then he laid his hand over the deck of cards, vibrated it and said, “Yes, the answer is yes.”
            After the fourth positive answer, my eyes narrowed into cigarette slits.  He suddenly remembered he had to go to the temple.
            I didn’t give that old man psychic much of a thought until I read a book entitled “Exorcism” written by an exorcist and Director of the Archdiocese of Manila Office of Exorcism, Fr. Jose Francisco C. Syquia.  At about this time, my cousin handed me a book written by Moira Noonan, “Ransomed from Darkness” which recounts her reversion from an occult-practicing new-ager to practicing Catholic.  
            If in the past I believed the occult was harmless and scoffed on it, these two books exposed me to the sheer evil spirits behind them that are just waiting to possess our souls to damnation and completely changed my attitude to “Yikes! Get me to a confessional as soon as I get done sprinkling holy water, blessed salt, oil and cooking the devil out of me.”   In short, the occult calls on powers that do not come from God but His enemy and violates the First Commandment “not to place other gods before Him.” Who knows what curses, hexes and incantations that old man invoked for me in his temple?
            What I learned from both books largely influenced my writing in Fireflies Dance but as it was a fiction novel, I didn’t get to delve into the symptoms of the levels of evil manifestations that are prevalent today.  So here they are:
 1. obsession –when horrible, negative and evil thoughts occupy the mind and cannot be easily dismissed;
 2. oppression -  when evil influence affects the health, relationships, work and psychological/emotional well-being.  It may also include mental afflictions, depression, hallucinations, and external manifestations of paranormal occurrences;
 3.  possession –which is a state left only to the discernment and remedy of an exorcist as it invokes the power of the Church.
For cases of obsession and oppression, the Sacrament of Confession and Deliverance Prayers are usually sufficient to expel evil.  Here is the full text of a Deliverance prayer written by Fr. Syquia to be said in a authoritative voice:    

“In the Name of Jesus of Nazareth, through His tremendous power as God and through His most powerful and salvific name, I rebuke, repudiate, bind and cast out all spirits not of the Holy Spirit.  I command you, in the Name of Jesus, to depart right now from (state name of person or place) and go immediately and directly to the foot of the Cross and never to return.  O Most Holy SPirit, enter into the empty spaces left by these spirits and fill (person or place) with Your presence, love and protection.  Please do not allow these spirits to return."

*Another prayer written by Fr. Bing Arellano, spiritual director of the Alliance of the Two Hearts:
      "In the name of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died on the Cross, who descended into hell; on the third day rose again and ascended into Heaven and seated at the right hand of the Father…In the Name of Jesus, BEGONE you evil spirit! Get away from each one of us! Get back to hell! Do not disturb us, for we are bought by the Most Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ.  Amen.  In the name of the Blessed Virgin Mary who crushed the head of the serpent (Gen. 3:15), do not disturb anyone of us because we are shielded by the mantle blue, scapular and Rosary of the Blessed Mother.  Get back to hell! Amen.  All hexes, spells, curses, charms, local and personal infestations—you have no more power over us because Mary has destroyed all these by her power.  Amen. May the Holy Spirit empower us to resist the evil spirits. Amen.  May St. Michael protect us all the days of our life from the power of darkness. As we reject Satan and accept Jesus as our personal Saviour, may the Almighty God bless us."
            *Stay tuned. The topic of New Age and Denouncement Prayers and prayer for protection of oneself will be tackled in another post.      

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Barbara Schoeneberger said...

Just a note: the simplest exorcism prayer is the "Our Father":"...but deliver us from (the)Evil (One). It contains every element necessary: praise, submission to God's will, petition for needs, and asking for forgiveness - repentance.

Also, using the Miraculous Medal and saying: "O Mary concieved without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee" is very powerful.

I believe at one point when he was head of the CDF, our Pope advised strongly against addressing the devil directly except for exorcists.

kkollwitz said...

Wow that's a terrifically-blunt prayer.

People sure get into trouble by making light of the occult.

Anabelle Hazard said...

Thank you Barbara for those two prayers. I'm glad you brought up the Pope's advice because it gives me a chance to post this article where the Chief Exorcist of the Vatican Fr. Gabriel Amoth and Fr. John Hamsch reiterate that exorcism is ONLY for the Church exorcists but the laity can perform deliverance prayers

Joann Nelander said...

To Barbara's comment I would also add the power of the sacramentals of Holy Water and St. Benedict's Medal and of course the Crucifix. Using them and wearing them along with the Miraculous Medal bless us and protect us beyond telling in the ordinary day to day. Calling on St. Michael the Archangel, goes without saying.

Amy @ Consecrated Housewife said...

My husband & I ran into an old childhood friend at my hometown's annual picnic this past summer. He asked me about my old childhood house that I grew up in, my parent's had sold the house when my sister and I married and left home. He specifically asked if we had ever seen any ghost or spirits or had anything of the sort happen. Odd, I have wonderful memories of growing up in that house in that neighborhood. I never recalled anything of the sort happening, except I do recall not liking what my family called "the red room" (because the carpet was red). Before I was born my parents bought the house and had to restore the upstairs because there had been a fire, you could still see some of the char marks over the red room door where the fire had been. The room always creeped me out a bit and I avoided it as a child.

My friend went on to tell me the last two owners of the house have gone on to sell it because they claimed it was "haunted". What?! I lived there 20+ years and always felt very safe and secure there. I asked my Mom about it later and she confirmed that she had heard the same thing and wouldn't you know it was the red room that seemed to be the problem. She further explained that the ones her and Dad sold it to had admitted to doing a "seance" in the house to talk to a deceased friend and that's when the problems started. To me, this explains it, you should never mess with the spiritual world. There is a reason God forbids this, it is for our protection. I am saddened that my childhood home is in such state and I hope that the new owners will have a priest come and bless the house and hopefully that is all it will take to restore it's peaceful atmosphere once again.

Anabelle Hazard said...

Yes it is scary stuff, Amy. That's why I wrote this so no one would ever take it lightly. I hope you're in a history-less house now :)
Joanne, I have the medal on every room. I need to refill my holy water now that you mentioned it.