Our Roles as Laity in the Exorcism Ministry

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Both the ordained and the non-ordained members of the Church should work together in our daily spiritual battle against Satan and all the evil spirits who work day and night in order to lead us away from eternal happiness of heaven. So they disturb us, tempt us, and even possess some of us to redirect our focus to other things but God. God and his angels, in response, gives the Church all the graces and the means to destroy evil through the sacraments and sacramentals of which one is exorcism.

The Three Types of Catholic Exorcisms

(1) A simple exorcism are done by invoking the name of Jesus Christ to make evil spirits leave a person, place, or and object. Simple exorcisms are mostly done by Catholic priests when there is a demonic obsession, demonic oppression, and demonic infestation of objects and places. Before and during baptisms, a series of simple exorcisms are performed for the catechumenates so that any evil spirits in and around them would abandon them. Simple Exorcisms also are done by Catholic priests when they bless sacramentals like salt, water, oil, candles, incense, bells, etc.

(2) Major exorcisms are performed only when there is a verified cases of demonic possession using the Roman Ritual of Exorcism like what we normally see in the movies (not exactly because movies are fiction). Only Catholic Priest who are trained for exorcism can perform major exorcisms. He strictly needs to follow the ritual prescribed by the Church when performing such major exorcisms.

(3) Deliverance Prayers can be performed by baptized Catholics (non-priests) over a person, object, or a place. The layperson delivers that evil spirits away from them by the name of Jesus Christ or by imploring God with the intercession of his Holy Angels and Saints. The layperson makes use of the sacramentals blessed by the priests through simple exorcisms.

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The Catholic Church’s Warning

Only Catholic priest-exorcists (or deliverance ministers in very special cases) can perform exorcisms. The Archdiocese of Manila Office of Exorcism says:

The Catholic Church warns the faithful who have no spiritual authority over those vexed by evil spirits in performing “exorcisms” as these would agitate the demons if they are indeed present and will open the person to virulent retaliations. (cf. Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Inde Ab Aliquot Annis: On the Current Norms Governing Exorcisms, #3. 20 Sept 1984).

The Role of the Laity

(1) For any suspicious or potential demonic oppression, possession, or infestation, the layperson should ask a priest’s advise on the next actions that need to be done.

(2) The layperson can help avoid or minimize the instances of demonic activities in their localities through deliverance prayers and making use of exorcised-blessed sacramentals. A lay faithful can use them on themselves, their families, and their properties. Imagine if all Catholics do this, any activities of Satan will disappear in the place and there will be no more temptations, no more sins, no more demonic activities. The Archdiocese of Manila Office of Exorcism says:

As with Holy Water and Blessed Salt, the lay faithful can use Exorcised Blessed Oil freely on their person, family, and property. They use it while invoking God to grant them healing and protection. They can also use it on others if they are asked to pray for them by the persons concerned. However, lay use of this exorcised blessed oil for prayers of healing should never be confused or substitute for the priestly prayers of healing connected with the Sacrament of Anointing the Sick. During deliverance of a place or home or object led by a priest, the laypeople can be tasked to anoint walls, doors, windows, and objects like mirrors as the priest does the prayer of exorcism or deliverance. In this case, it is the priest who does the deliverance and blessing prayers and requests the lay faithful to assist him in the exercise of the ministry at that moment

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Some Sacramentals We Should Have at Home

To protect ourselves, our families, and properties from evil spirits, the Archdiocese of Manila Office of Exorcism suggests we should try to have some of these sacramentals at home. We need them in our spiritual battle against Satan and all his works. Other items here are used only by the Ministry of Spiritual Liberation and Exorcism.

Sign of the Cross“Ĭn nōmine Pătris ĕt Fīliī ĕt Spīritūs Sānctī, āmēn.”” or its vernacular translation.
Holy WaterYou can get holy water from your parish or ask a priest to bless it.
Exorcised-Blessed SaltRock or sea salt
Exorcised-Blessed OilPure Olive Oil (or pure Virgin olive oil)
Exorcised-Blessed Candles
Exorcised-Blessed Incense
Blessed Bells
Exorcised-Blessed Medals of St. Benedict
CrucifixPreferably Saint Benedict’s cross
Purple Stole of Priest
First and Second-Class Relics of Saints
Rosary, Brown Scapular, Miraculous Medal, Rose of the Rosary
Blessed Icons, Statues, Images, Medallions (from approved devotions and apparitions only)
White Cord of St. Joseph

For more information go to The Archdiocese of Manila Office of Exorcism and The Catechism of the Catholic Church webpages.

Let us serve Christ and the Church in all circumstances!

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Bible Verses That Will Make You Long for the Holy Eucharist

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  1. John 6:27. “Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of man will give to you; for on him has God the Father set his seal”
  2. John 6:33,42. “For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven, and gives life to the world.”
  3. John 6:35,48,51. “I am the bread of life; he who comes to me shall not hunger, and he who believes in me shall never thirst.”
  4. John 6:49-50. “Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that a man may it of it and not die.
  5. John 6:51,58. “I am the living bread which came down from heaven; if any one eats of this bread, he will live for ever; and the bread which I shall give for the life of the world is my flesh.”
  6. John 6:53-54. “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you; he who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.”
  7. John 6:55-57. “My flesh is food indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him. As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats me will live because of me.”
  8. John 6:34. “Lord, give us this bread always.”
  9. 1 Corinthians 11:26. “For as often as you eat this bread and drink the chalice, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.”
  10. Revelation 7:13-14. Those clothed in white robes are they who have come out in great tribulation and have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
  11. Acts 2:42. And they held steadfastly to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of the bread and to the prayers.
  12. Acts 2:46-47. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they partook food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people.
  13. 1 Corinthians 16. The cup of blessing which we blessed, is it not a participation in the body and blood of Christ? The bread in which we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ?
  14. Matthew 26:26-29; Mark 14:22; Luke 22:17 “Take, eat; this is my body.”
  15. 1 Corinthians 11:23. “Do this in remembrance of me.”
  16. Acts 20:7. On the first day of the week, when we were gathered together to take bread, Paul talked with them intending to depart on the next day; and he prolonged his speech until midnight.

The verses in this list are direct references of the Holy Eucharist in the Bible in no particular order. These verses are also used in the Catechism of the Catholic Church Article 3 The Sacrament of the Eucharist.

Let us serve Christ and the Church in all circumstances!

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List of Sins for Our next Confession

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Examination of Conscience: List of Sins to recall for our next Confession
☐ I have performed my duties towards God reluctantly or grudgingly.
☐ I did not recite my daily prayers with faith and devotion.
☐ I received the Holy Communion in the state of mortal sin.
☐ I deliberately told a lie in confession or intentionally failed to mention a mortal sin during my previous confession.
☐ I seriously believed in superstition or engaged in superstitious practices.
☐ I seriously doubted the matters of faith.
☐ I did not make an effort to study my religion.
☐ I put my faith in danger by reading something contrary to Catholic faith and morals.
☐ I put my faith in danger by joining activities contrary to the Church (protestant services, non-Catholic prayer meetings, communist party, freemasonry, “weird cults”).
☐ I have used God’s name in vain.
☐ I have used the name of Mary or a saint in an irreverent manner.
☐ I have been angry with God.
☐ I have wished evil upon a person.
☐ I have insulted a sacred person.
☐ I have abused a sacred object.
☐ I have been a sponsor in baptism and ceremonies outside the Catholic Church.
☐ I broke a private or public vow (esp. for religious).
☐ I did not try to fulfill a promise and resolutions I made to God.
☐ I deliberately missed Mass on Sundays or Holy Days of obligation.
☐ I did not make an effort to arrive early at Mass.
☐ I allowed myself to be distracted during Mass but not paying attention, thinking of something else, etc.
☐ I misbehaved during mass and distracted others by my attire or posture.
☐ I did not generously help the Church or the poor to the extent that I am able.
☐ I did not fast and abstain on days prescribed by the Church.
☐ I did or commanded service work on Sundays.
☐ I have broken the one-hour Eucharistic fast.
☐ I have neglected to teach my children their prayers (for parents).
☐ I have neglected to send my children to Church (for parents).
☐I have neglected to give my children Christian education (for parents).
☐ I have not given my family good religious example (for parents).
☐ I neglected to watch over my children: reading materials, movies, and their companions (for parents).
☐ I have not seen to it that my children receive the Sacraments especially Baptism, Confirmation, and First Communion (for parents).
☐ I have been disrespectful towards my parents, elders, and superiors (for children).
☐ I have neglected my parents of their needs (for children).
☐ I felt hurt and reacted proudly when I was corrected by my parents (for children).
☐ I have not done well my duties at home, in school, in church (for children).
☐ I have not been cooperative with my family activities and prayers (for children).
☐ I have quarreled with my sibling/s (for children).
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☐ I got very angry and lost my temper that caused harm.
☐ I was envious or jealous of others.
☐ I harmed or took the life of someone.
☐ I was careless in my driving.
☐ I gave scandal to someone due to my dirty jokes, immodesty, etc. thereby leading them to sin of…
☐ I neglected my health by…
☐ I attempted to take my own life.
☐ I have had an abortion (for women) or encouraged someone to do it (men and women).
☐ I got drunk and harmed someone.
☐ I took prohibited drugs.
☐ I have kept anger in my heart and desired revenge.
☐ I did not ask pardon to someone I have offended.
☐ I caused harm to someone with my words and/or actions.
☐ I did not accept a sincere apology from someone.
☐ I have entertained indecent thoughts, feelings, or impure conversations.
☐ I have been guilty of impure acts with myself (masturbation) or with others (pre-marital and extra-marital acts).
☐ I have been guilty of homosexual acts.
☐ I consented to evil desires against the virtue of purity by an affinity with a married person or a consecrated person.
☐ I had a hand in contributing to the contraceptive atmosphere by my advice, jokes, attitudes, etc.
☐ I intentionally put myself in proximate occasions of sin though immoral movies or shows, concerts, comedies, dances, readings, bad company, staying in houses of ill-repute.
☐ I intentionally put myself in proximate occasions of sin by sharing a room with a person of opposite sex, or being alone with a person of opposite sex in dark places.
☐ I have friends who cause me habitual occasions of sin and I am not prepared to break off with them.
☐ I allow lust as a reason of courting instead of true love (for single lay men).
☐ I have not been faithful to my marriage vows in thought and action (for married people).
☐ I have engaged in sexual activity outside marriage (for married people).
☐ I have used method/s of contraception or artificial birth control in my marriage (for married people).
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☐ I stole an object or an amount of money that I have not returned or made restitution for what I have stolen.
☐ I caused damage to other’s property.
☐ I harmed someone by deception, scam, fraud, or coercion in transactions.
☐ I wasted time at work, school, or at home.
☐ I gave in to laziness or the love of comfort and luxuries.
☐ I did not work diligently and cheated on time.
☐ I gambled and denied my family of their needs.
☐ I did not pay my debts or did not returned what I borrowed promptly.
☐ I have been greedy, selfish and jealous of what others had.
☐ I told lies.
☐ I harmed the good name or reputation of someone by talking ill about them.
☐ I told secrets about myself and others without due cause.
☐ I have been critical, negative, or uncharitable in my thoughts of others.
☐ I engaged myself in gossiping or back-bitting.
☐ I have unjustly accused others.
Source: 2011 Hand Book of Prayers compiled by The Sisters of Mary

Note that in each of the lines, you need to add the number of times you have committed such sin if applicable. Some entries might need further description (example: I have been angry with God because…..).

Let us serve Christ and the Church in all circumstances!

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