Archbishop Calls All Clergy to Recite Leo XIII’s 136 Year-Old Exorcism Prayer at 3PM on Holy Saturday

Craig Bannister | April 9, 2020 | 2:13pm EDT
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Abp. Carlo Maria Viganò


Catholic Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò is calling on all bishops and priests to join him in reciting a 136 year-old prayer of exorcism at 3:00PM ET on Holy Saturday, April 11, 2020.

On Holy Thursday, 2020, Abp. Viganò issued a letter to all priests and bishops asking that that they recite an Act of Exorcism composed in 1884 by Pope Leo XIII following a disturbing vision of the Church under attack.

The Evil One is exploiting the coronavirus pandemic to intensify his efforts to prevent people from attending mass and tempt them to sin, Abp. Viganò writes in the letter published by LifeSite News:

“In these modern times of terrible tribulation, when the pandemic has deprived Catholics of Holy Mass and the Sacraments, the Evil One has gone into a frenzy and multiplied his attacks to tempt souls into sin. These blessed days of Holy Week, which used to be the ideal time to go to Confession to prepare ourselves for our Easter Communion, now see us locked inside our houses, but they cannot stop us praying to Our Lord.”

The Latin prayer of exorcism, as translated by, “commands” Satan, the“most perfidious serpent," to depart and cease pretending to resemble Jesus Christ in order to lead souls to sin and eternal damnation:

“We exorcize you, all malignant spirit, satanic power, attacks of the infernal adversary, legion, concentration and diabolical sect, in the Name and Virtue of Our Lord Jesus † Christ, to leave and flee from the Church of God, from souls created in the image of God and redeemed by the Most Precious Blood of the Divine Lamb. †

“From now on, do not venture, most perfidious serpent, to deceive the elect and sift them like wheat. † The Most High God commands this to you, to whom, in your insolent arrogance you still pretend to resemble, "He who wants all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth" (2 Timothy, 2).”


“Thus, cursed dragon and all diabolical legions, we adjure you by the Living † God, by the True † God, † by the Holy † God, "Who so loved the world that He handed over His only begotten Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but live the everlasting life" (Saint John, 3); stop deceiving human creatures and feeding them the poison of eternal perdition; stop harming the Church and setting traps against Her liberty.

“Begone, Satan, inventor and master of all fallacy, enemy of the salvation of men.”

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