Of Exorcisms and Certain Supplications

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Of Exorcisms and Certain Supplications (Latin: De Exorcismis et Supplicationibus Quibusdam) is an 84-page document of the Catholic Church containing the current version of the Rite of Exorcism authorised for use in the Latin Church.


The ritual book was published on 26 January 1999, making it the last liturgical book to be revised following the Second Vatican Council of 1962–1965.[1] The preceding revision of the document was in 1614.[2] A slightly amended edition was issued in 2004.[3]

The document was originally issued only in Latin, but some versions in the vernacular are extant, including an English translation entitled Exorcisms and Related Supplications, which was confirmed by the Vatican in December of 2016.[4][5]

Depart, then, transgressor. Depart, seducer, full of lies and cunning, foe of virtue, persecutor of the innocent. Give place, abominable creature, give way, you monster, give way to Christ, in whom you found none of your works. For he has already stripped you of your powers and laid waste your kingdom, bound you prisoner and plundered your weapons. He has cast you forth into the outer darkness, where everlasting ruin awaits you and your abettors.

Partial text of older English version[2]

Following the trends in Catholic approaches to alleged cases of possession since the pontificate of Leo XIII in the 19th century, the new revision includes a warning not to confuse mental illness with demonic possession. It also removes several descriptions of Satan, which sat uncomfortably with the Church's doctrine, and states that the devil is "a spirit without body, without colour and without odour."[2]

The 2004 edition contains two chapters and two appendices.

Chapter One[edit]

Title: The Rite of Major Exorcism.

This text is used for the formal ceremony of solemn exorcisms, which are always performed with the express permission of a bishop. It is for use only by mandated priest-exorcists.

Chapter Two[edit]

Title: Various texts which may be used ad lib as part of the rite.

This Chapter is subdivided into three sections: a collection of nine psalms with concluding prayers; a collection of five Gospel readings; two pairs of deprecative and imperative formulae of exorcism.

Appendix One[edit]

Title: Prayers and exorcism for use in particular circumstances of the church.

An introductory rubric states: The Devil and other demons can not only afflict persons (by temptation and vexation), but also places and objects, and can cause various forms of opposition and persecution of the Church. If the diocesan Bishop, in the particular circumstances, judges it opportune to announce meetings for the faithful to pray, under the guidance and direction of the priest, selected prayers and directives can be taken from the following pages.

Appendix One contains the following liturgy:

Appendix Two[edit]

Title: Prayers which may be used privately by the faithful in the struggle against the powers of darkness.

Appendix Two contains the following (all in Latin):


  1. ^ Speech of Cardinal Medina Estévez. Official website of the Vatican, accessed 21 May 2014.
  2. ^ a b c "Exorcism - Revised rite" by John L. Allen, Jr., National Catholic Reporter, 1 September 2000
  3. ^ De exorcismis et supplicationibus quibusdam. Libreria Editrice Vaticana. 2004. ISBN 978-88-209-4822-1.
  4. ^ "Exorcism". United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Archived from the original on 2 November 2022. Retrieved 7 November 2022.
  5. ^ "First official English exorcism rite unveiled". Catholic Herald. 2 November 2017. Archived from the original on 7 November 2022. Retrieved 7 November 2022.
  6. ^ Note that this is indicated as Psalm 67 according to the Greek numbering customarily used in Catholic liturgical books.

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