Deliverance Prayers: For Use by the Laity
Publisher: Sensus Traditionis Press
Publication Date: 2016-12-10
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This is designated for use by the laity in waging spiritual warfare from the public domain and the Church's treasury. A great many of the prayers in this book are sadly nowhere else to be found, not even in the depths of the internet. This prayerbook is an absolute treasure! Fr. Ripperger will completely change your approach to spiritual combat.
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"In spiritual warfare, precision is everything. In this respect, spiritual warfare is not any different than any other kind of warfare; the more accurate or specific the weapon, the more effective it will be."
Throughout the history of the Church, various saints and even the Church herself have provided the laity with means of combating the demons that afflict their lives. We are thinking, for example, of the short form of the Prayer to Saint Michael, or even the recommendation for the laity when they are tempted to say to Satan, “In the Name of Jesus Christ, be gone!” The practice of the saints and the Church from the beginning has been one in which strict lines of authority, rights and duties are observed.
As for authority, the Church has observed that the laity do not have the right to use certain prayers because they do not have the requisite authority for their use. Here we are thinking of the 1984 document from the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, Inde ab Aliquot Annis, “It follows also from these same prescriptions that Christ’s faithful may not employ the formula of exorcism against Satan and the fallen angels which is excerpted from that formula made official by order of the Supreme Pontiff Leo XIII, and certainly may not use the entire text of that exorcism.” The subsequent paragraph makes clear the need for the requisite authority from which the power to drive the demons out is necessary: “Finally, for the same reasons, Bishops are asked to guard lest those who lack the required power attempt to lead assemblies in which prayers are employed to obtain liberation from demons, and in the course of which the demons are directly disturbed and an attempt it made to determine their identity. This applies even to cases which, although they do not involve true diabolical possession, nevertheless are seen in some way to manifest diabolical influence.”
The Church in her wisdom and experience has always known that authority is one of the primary requisites in order to drive a demon out. Since diabolic influence occurs in our bodies (and not in our souls), the laity may use prayers as long as they are not forbidden by the Church and which, by their nature, do not imply an authority one does not have. It is for this reason that this book has been put together, viz. to provide the laity with prayers that they can use licitly and without retaliation. For it is when we remain under the authority structure that God has established by the divine positive law (i.e. the authority of the Church) and the natural law, that we remain protected. For this reason, if the laity always remains within the confines of the authority that God has given to them by the natural law, such as commanding the demons to leave their own bodies or those over whom they have authority by the natural law (such as their children or wife, etc.), then they will experience little to no retaliation, as a general rule.
This is also true in relation to rights which grant authority in relation to the object of the right. By this we mean that spouses, who by virtue of the marital contract (a covenant is just another name for a solemn contract according to the traditional authors) have rights over each other’s bodies by virtue of the conceding of those rights to each other on the day of their marriage. For this reason, wives may command the demons to leave their husbands bodies and the husbands’, their wives’ bodies. For the husband it is a two-fold authority; the one as head of the household and the other by virtue of the rights over his wife’s body.
From experience, most exorcists concede that there is an ability to command the demons to depart (observing the prescription given above by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith regarding not doing it publicly and in not trying to get the name of the demon, etc.) in relation to those of one’s immediate family. It appears due to the nature of the obligations of the Fourth Command, that children, when saying binding prayers and other prayers of this sort for the parents, do not seem to be affected. This may flow from the fact that they have the obligation to take care of them in their need as a result of the natural law. For this same reason, exorcist have noted a lack of retaliation when the prayers are said for one’s siblings. This does not appear to be the case for godparents or grandparents since they do not have the same obligations under the Fourth Commandment.
Nevertheless, despite the fact that one may not have the requisite authority to command the demons, one can always modify the prayer to petition Christ or Our Lady to drive the demon out. For example, one of the standard forms of the binding prayers begins with the words: In the Name of Jesus, I command the spirit of N. These words may only be used as we have delineated above. However, when one does not have authority, rights or duties in relation to another, one could change the words to the following: Jesus, I ask Thee to bind the spirit of N. Any of the prayers contained in this book may be used in that manner. This does come with one caveat, viz. it is always inadvisable to say prayers to help another in his spiritual combat when one’s own spiritual life is not in order. In other words, we ought to fight our own spiritual battles first and only after we have attained a spiritual life of habitual sanctifying grace (i.e. never falling into mortal sin) and are sufficiently proficient in our prayer lives (especially meditation), that one ought to say the petition form of these prayers for another over whom one does not have authority.
Lastly, we cannot recommend the constant petition and perfect confidence in Our Lady enough. For She who has perfect coercive power over demons can protect us from any diabolic attack of any kind. In fine, if we remain under Her mantle, no demon will dare to approach us. Yet this only comes when we never offend Her Son and we have perfect confidence in Her.
We ought also to petition Her under the title of Our Lady of Sorrows in the spiritual combat for two reasons. The first is that when St. Joseph and Mary took Jesus to St. Simeon, he said to Our lady that Her hear would be pierced so that the thoughts of many would be revealed. Our Lady, by undergoing the Passion with Christ, would merit an intimacy with God that no other creature had. As a result, He reveals things to her that He does not reveal to others. However, He will allow us to petition Her so that She may reveal hidden things by an ordinary actual grace relating to the spiritual life. This is true in relation to our own defects but especially in matters of spiritual combat. In spiritual warfare, precision is everything. In this respect, spiritual warfare is not any different than any other kind of warfare; the more accurate or specific the weapon, the more effective it will be. For this reason, if we pray to Our Lady of Sorrows, she will reveal to us the nature of the demon we are dealing with, whether that is in our own lives or in the lives of those to whom we have obligations. This provides us a specific target to combat.
The second reason to pray to Our Lady of Sorrows is because of the promises made by her to St. Bridget of Sweden: “I will defend them in their spiritual battles with the infernal enemy and I will protect them at every instant of their lives.” Ultimately we are powerless to protect ourselves in the spiritual warfare. Only Christ can protect us and those whom Christ has commissioned to protect us, among whom Our Lady stands above the rest. So it is in Her that we place our confidence; may She protect all who use this book.
Fr. Chad Ripperger, Ph.D. is a theologian, Thomistic psychologist, philosopher, author, and exorcist. Father Ripperger was originally ordained in 1997, as a member of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP). He now has his own society, the Doloran Fathers, also known as the Society of the Most Sorrowful Mother, which is located in the archdiocese of Denver. He has a Ph.D. in philosophy and a master's degree in theology from Holy Apostles Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut. Ripperger has developed a stellar reputation as a stalwart defender of Catholic tradition. He has an outspoken, no-nonsense approach to the Faith, which many of the faithful see as a breath of fresh air.
Excellent resource for daily prayer.
This book has been very helpful to restart my prayer life and begin to come back to the Peace of Christ.
Thank you, Father Ripperger, for compiling these prayers for us laity. In the age we live in, these prayer are needed. From the 1960's onward with the inculcation of "drugs, sex and rock 'n roll" into the culture the demonic has become mainstream. It is no longer confined to the fringe satanist and primitive cultures in third world countries. Look what has happened; we have morphed from "free love" to contraception to abortion on demand to infanticide; from rampant adultery and fornication to homosexuality to gay marriage to transgender surgeries that even parents are allowing for their children; from polite speech in public to curse words and foul language used ubiquitously; from sweet children's cartoons to demonic images and demonic looking monsters in these cartoons to video games and then take these demonic looking images put them on T-shirts and wear them around, etc. We are not of the world but live in the world and thus we are inundated by all this demon driven filth that society is trying to present to us as normal. If you listen to a lie often enough for a long enough period of time you may accept it as truth. If you dare speak up especially about their sexual perversions, their anger and visceral hatred targets you. The luminosity of the light of Christ in me compared to the saints is dim. But my dim light in this dark world is somewhat bright. If you love God and His Church , adhere to her orthodox teachings (dogmatic, moral and spiritual theology), and try to live a holy life, then potentially you and your loved ones are targeted by all these demons. In addition to the sacraments- the Eucharist and Penance, the rosary and calling upon the intercession of Mary and the saints, these prayers help and are another vital tool in one's spiritual tool box to protect and combat the onslaught of demonic influences present in our culture.
This prayer book for adult Catholics contains many useful prayers in both Latin and English. It also helps in my examination of conscience through listing sins and vices. I'm grateful I purchased it, and it is worth more to me than it was priced.