Traditional Catholic Sacraments 5

Our wonderful new life as Catholic Christians began through the Holy Sacrament of Baptism.  To prepare the soul for this Holy Sacrament, the priest has to first exorcize the devil out of the baby or man.  He has to empty the soul of the child from the devil’s presence in order to prepare the soul for the indwelling presence of God.  That is why the Latin Baptism, with its many exorcisms, is so much more powerful to prepare the soul for baptism then the New Baptismal Rite.  sacrament1

The New Baptismal Rite only has the part titled ‘exorcism’, but without words directed at the devil or crosses.  Here is the ‘Exorcism’ in the New Baptism Rite.

Almighty and ever-living God, you sent your only Son into the world to cast out the power of Satan, spirit of evil, to rescue man from the kingdom of darkness, and bring him into the splendor of your kingdom of light. We pray for this child: set him (her) free from original sin, make him (her) a temple of your glory, and send your Holy Spirit to dwell with him (her). We ask this through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

Here is the Latin Rite where you can see way more prayers of exorcism and words that talk about the devil or unclean spirits.

Priest: Go forth from him (her), unclean spirit, and give place to the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete.

Priest: Let us pray: Almighty, everlasting God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, look graciously down upon this Thy servant, N., whom Thou hast graciously called unto the beginnings of the faith; drive out from him (her) all blindness of heart; break all the toils of Satan wherewith he (she) was held: open unto him (her), O Lord, the gate of Thy loving kindness, that, being impressed with the sign of Thy wisdom, he (she) may be free from the foulness of all wicked desires, and in the sweet odor of Thy precepts may joyfully serve Thee in Thy Church, and grow in grace from day to day. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.


Priest: I exorcise thee, unclean spirit, in the name of the Father + and of the Son, + and of the Holy + Spirit, that thou goest out and depart from this servant of God, N. For He commands Thee, accursed one, Who walked upon the sea, and stretched out His right hand to Peter about to sink. Therefore, accursed devil, acknowledge thy sentence, and give honor to the living and true God: give honor to Jesus Christ His Son, and to the Holy Spirit; and depart from this servant of God, N. because God and our Lord Jesus Christ hath vouchsafed to call him (her) to His holy grace and benediction and to the font of Baptism.


Priest: And this sign of the holy Cross, which we make upon his (her) forehead, do thou, accursed devil, never dare to violate.


Priest: I exorcise thee, every unclean spirit, in the name of God the Father + Almighty, in the name of Jesus + Christ, His Son, our Lord and Judge, and in the power of the Holy + Spirit, that thou be depart from this creature of God N, which our Lord hath deigned to call unto His holy temple, that it may be made the temple of the living God, and that the Holy Spirit may dwell therein. Through the same Christ our Lord, who shall come to judge the living and the dead, and the world by fire


Priest: Ephpheta, that is to say, Be opened, for an odour of sweetness. Be thou, devil, begone; for the judgement of God shall draw near.

the-baptism-of-christSo in the Latin Rite, it is clear that by Baptism we are delivered from satan’s bondage and power.  Both Rites have the renunciation of Satan, but that is different from direct exorcisms.

In the Latin Rite there is the placing of blessed salt into the mouth of the child as well as spittle put on the ears and nostrils of the child.

Both rites have anointing with the Oil of Catechumens, Sacred Chrism and show the connection with Christ the anointed.  The white garment shows the new purity.  The lighted candle shows the that we belong to the day and the light of Christ now dwells in us.

When we were baptized, we were re-born in the Baptismal Water of the Font, the Holy womb of Mother Church.  The old man (Adam) died and we put on the new Adam, Jesus Christ, the renewal of the whole man.  We are so blessed to know about the greatness of God’s action through the Holy Sacramental actions.