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I'm spending my October watching horror films. I love Halloween and this month. I love the anticipation of something beyond our realm of reality and the possibility of it. Exorcism---no. I don't like this. Do I believe in demons? Of course. But do I believe in exorcism and people being possessed? I'm not sure. I'm not sure if this lies in the mental illness of a person vs. demonic possession. As a Catholic, I believe in the practice of exorcism. But is it real? Or is it a comfort by a Priest to help a deranged person?

I finished watching The Exorcism of Emily Rose tonight. We all know of the original Exorcist movie. But did you know it was based on a demonic possession of a young boy? These both raise alot of questions. Christ cured people possessed:


Mathew 8:16:

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8:16. And when evening was come, they brought to him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word: and all that were sick he healed:
Vespere autem facto obtulerunt ei multos daemonia habentes et eiciebat spiritus verbo et omnes male habentes curavit



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Exorcism is (1) the act of driving out, or warding off, demons, or evil spirits, from persons, places, or things, which are believed to be possessed or infested by them, or are liable to become victims or instruments of their malice; (2) the means employed for this purpose, especially the solemn and authoritative adjuration of the demon, in the name of God, or any of the higher power in which he is subject. - The New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia


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Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

Most glorious Prince of the Heavenly Armies, Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in “our battle against principalities and powers, against the rulers of this world of darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places” (Eph., 6,12). Come to the assistance of men whom God has created to His likeness and whom He has redeemed at a great price from the tyranny of the devil. Holy Church venerates thee as her guardian and protector; to thee, the Lord has entrusted the souls of the redeemed to be led into heaven. Pray therefore the God of Peace to crush Satan beneath our feet, that he may no longer retain men captive and do injury to the Church. Offer our prayers to the Most High, that without delay they may draw His mercy down upon us; take hold of “the dragon, the old serpent, which is the devil and Satan”, bind him and cast him into the bottomless pit ... “that he may no longer seduce the nations” (Apoc. 20, 2-3).

Exorcism

In the Name of Jesus Christ, our God and Lord, strengthened by the intercession of the Immaculate Virgin Mary, Mother of God, of Blessed Michael the Archangel, of the Blessed Apostles Peter and Paul and all the Saints. (and powerful in the holy authority of our ministry)*, we confidently undertake to repulse the attacks and deceits of the devil.

* Lay people omit the parenthesis above.

Psalm 67

God arises; His enemies are scattered and those who hate Him flee before Him. As smoke is driven away, so are they driven; as wax melts before the fire, so the wicked perish at the presence of God.

V. Behold the Cross of the Lord, flee bands of enemies.

R. The Lion of the tribe of Juda, the offspring of David, hath conquered.

V. May Thy mercy, Lord, descend upon us.

R. As great as our hope in Thee.

(The crosses below indicate a blessing to be given if a priest recites the Exorcism; if a lay person recites it, they indicate the Sign of the Cross to be made silently by that person.)

We drive you from us, whoever you may be, unclean spirits, all satanic powers, all infernal invaders, all wicked legions, assemblies and sects. In the Name and by the power of Our Lord Jesus Christ, + may you be snatched away and driven from the Church of God and from the souls made to the image and likeness of God and redeemed by the Precious Blood of the Divine Lamb. +

Most cunning serpent, you shall no more dare to deceive the human race, persecute the Church, torment God's elect and sift them as wheat. + The Most High God commands you, + He with whom, in your great insolence, you still claim to be equal. “God who wants all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (I Tim. 2,4). God the Father commands you. + God the Son commands you. + God the Holy Ghost commands you. + Christ, God's Word made flesh, commands you; + He who to save our race outdone through your envy, “humbled Himself, becoming obedient even unto death” (Phil.2,8); He who has built His Church on the firm rock and declared that the gates of hell shall not prevail against Her, because He will dwell with Her “all days even to the end of the world” (Matt. 28,20). The sacred Sign of the Cross commands you, + as does also the power of the mysteries of the Christian Faith. + The glorious Mother of God, the Virgin Mary, commands you; + she who by her humility and from the first moment of her Immaculate Conception crushed your proud head. The faith of the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, and of the other Apostles commands you. + The blood of the Martyrs and the pious intercession of all the Saints command you. +

Thus, cursed dragon, and you, diabolical legions, we adjure you by the living God, + by the true God, + by the holy God, + by the God “who so loved the world that He gave up His only Son, that every soul believing in Him might not perish but have life everlasting” (St.John 3, 16); stop deceiving human creatures and pouring out to them the poison of eternal damnation; stop harming the Church and hindering her liberty. Begone, Satan, inventor and master of all deceit, enemy of man's salvation. Give place to Christ in Whom you have found none of your works; give place to the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church acquired by Christ at the price of His Blood. Stoop beneath the all-powerful Hand of God; tremble and flee when we invoke the Holy and terrible Name of Jesus, this Name which causes hell to tremble, this Name to which the Virtues, Powers and Dominations of heaven are humbly submissive, this Name which the Cherubim and Seraphim praise unceasingly repeating: Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord, the God of Hosts.

V. O Lord, hear my prayer.

R. And let my cry come unto Thee.

V. May the Lord be with thee.

R. And with thy spirit.

Let us pray.

God of heaven, God of earth, God of Angels, God of Archangels, God of Patriarchs, God of Prophets, God of Apostles, God of Martyrs, God of Confessors, God of Virgins, God who has power to give life after death and rest after work: because there is no other God than Thee and there can be no other, for Thou art the Creator of all things, visible and invisible, of Whose reign there shall be no end, we humbly prostrate ourselves before Thy glorious Majesty and we beseech Thee to deliver us by Thy power from all the tyranny of the infernal spirits, from their snares, their lies and their furious wickedness. Deign, O Lord, to grant us Thy powerful protection and to keep us safe and sound. We beseech Thee through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.

V. From the snares of the devil,

R. Deliver us, O Lord.

V. That Thy Church may serve Thee in peace and liberty:

R. We beseech Thee to hear us.

V. That Thou may crush down all enemies of Thy Church:

R. We beseech Thee to hear us.

(Holy water is sprinkled in the place where we may be.)


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I believe in possession and exorcism. While I don't know how much of the story in Emily Rose I believe (I saw it in the theatre), the mechanics of it for lack of a better term are very accurate according to how many have described it. They cover the stages of the exorcism very well and include the most important step for Catholics - permission from a Bishop. All exorcisms automatically fail without it. Here is a solid book about exorcism. This book is supposed to be very good too, but I haven't read it.

A lot of people believe possession and exorcism to be hokey old beliefs of a bygone era that are now explained by science. To believe this is to call Christ a liar, as he cast demons out as did his apostles. The truth is the Church requires medical and psychological screenings before they initiate an investigation of their own which must be done before a Bishop authorizes a exorcism.
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Ooooh good (and spooky) topic.

I'm not really sure about exorcisms. I don't believe that 2 spirits can occupy the same body. I do believe in evil spirits (and evil people). I do believe that evil spirits (or whatever) can "pick on" the more vulnerable people. For instance maybe a person's faith is weak(for whatever reason) or they suffers from a chemical imbalance (like depression) and that opens them up to absorbing the negative messages and energy of an evil being. Our own beliefs make a difference. For example, there is no such thing as a curse, nobody has that power over another person, it is an individuals belief in curses that give the curse its power. Sort of like a self fulfilling prophecy.



I have never watched (and I won't ever) the original "Exorcist". I did watch "The Exorcism of Emily Rose" and I did like that one. Have you seen "The Skeleton Key"? It came out a couple of years ago. Now that was a spooky move and it freaked me out. I don't like the slasher type of horror movies I like the thriller kind. Oh some other good ones are "Bless the Child", "The Mothman Prophecies", "Dragonfly", and "Constantine". I really like movies that have a spiritual theme to them. :hug:
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Taliesin, on Oct 10 2007, 01:35 AM, said:

A lot of people believe possession and exorcism to be hokey old beliefs of a bygone era that are now explained by science. To believe this is to call Christ a liar, as he cast demons out as did his apostles. The truth is the Church requires medical and psychological screenings before they initiate an investigation of their own which must be done before a Bishop authorizes a exorcism.


Very good point!
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janey728, on Oct 10 2007, 03:51 PM, said:

Ooooh good (and spooky) topic.

I'm not really sure about exorcisms. I don't believe that 2 spirits can occupy the same body. I do believe in evil spirits (and evil people). I do believe that evil spirits (or whatever) can "pick on" the more vulnerable people. For instance maybe a person's faith is weak(for whatever reason) or they suffers from a chemical imbalance (like depression) and that opens them up to absorbing the negative messages and energy of an evil being. Our own beliefs make a difference. For example, there is no such thing as a curse, nobody has that power over another person, it is an individuals belief in curses that give the curse its power. Sort of like a self fulfilling prophecy.
I have never watched (and I won't ever) the original "Exorcist". I did watch "The Exorcism of Emily Rose" and I did like that one. Have you seen "The Skeleton Key"? It came out a couple of years ago. Now that was a spooky move and it freaked me out. I don't like the slasher type of horror movies I like the thriller kind. Oh some other good ones are "Bless the Child", "The Mothman Prophecies", "Dragonfly", and "Constantine". I really like movies that have a spiritual theme to them. :hug:


Thanks, Janey!


Who was in the Skeleton Key? I'm not sure if I watched it. The others, I will keep an eye out for to rent.

Another good point on the psychology issues and the section bolded.
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Dublin5, on Oct 11 2007, 10:57 PM, said:

janey728, on Oct 10 2007, 03:51 PM, said:

Ooooh good (and spooky) topic.

I'm not really sure about exorcisms. I don't believe that 2 spirits can occupy the same body. I do believe in evil spirits (and evil people). I do believe that evil spirits (or whatever) can "pick on" the more vulnerable people. For instance maybe a person's faith is weak(for whatever reason) or they suffers from a chemical imbalance (like depression) and that opens them up to absorbing the negative messages and energy of an evil being. Our own beliefs make a difference. For example, there is no such thing as a curse, nobody has that power over another person, it is an individuals belief in curses that give the curse its power. Sort of like a self fulfilling prophecy.
I have never watched (and I won't ever) the original "Exorcist". I did watch "The Exorcism of Emily Rose" and I did like that one. Have you seen "The Skeleton Key"? It came out a couple of years ago. Now that was a spooky move and it freaked me out. I don't like the slasher type of horror movies I like the thriller kind. Oh some other good ones are "Bless the Child", "The Mothman Prophecies", "Dragonfly", and "Constantine". I really like movies that have a spiritual theme to them. :hug:


Thanks, Janey!
Who was in the Skeleton Key? I'm not sure if I watched it. The others, I will keep an eye out for to rent.

Another good point on the psychology issues and the section bolded.



Kate Hudson was in The Skeleton Key

ETA: Oh another scary thing to watch is the "A Haunting" series on the Discovery channel. :o
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:unsure: Janey!

Unfortunately, I don't have cable so I rely on DVDs. I love the horror stories (not so much the gruesome ones) but am fascinated by exorcisms and learning about them. I hope that doesn't open a door to them.
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Dublin5, on Oct 17 2007, 10:35 PM, said:

:unsure: Janey!

Unfortunately, I don't have cable so I rely on DVDs. I love the horror stories (not so much the gruesome ones) but am fascinated by exorcisms and learning about them. I hope that doesn't open a door to them.



I don't think watching that kind of stuff opens the door to them. I think that playing with spirit/ouija boards(and that type of stuff) can open you up to evil spirits if you are not careful. Before you mess around with anything you should always say a prayer asking God to protect you.


Oh I found the A Haunting series on amazon.com. I really think you would enjoy them.

Spoiler
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CarolA1222, on Oct 20 2007, 08:17 PM, said:

Dublin5, on Oct 17 2007, 10:35 PM, said:

:unsure: Janey!

Unfortunately, I don't have cable so I rely on DVDs. I love the horror stories (not so much the gruesome ones) but am fascinated by exorcisms and learning about them. I hope that doesn't open a door to them.

I don't think watching that kind of stuff opens the door to them. I think that playing with spirit/ouija boards(and that type of stuff) can open you up to evil spirits if you are not careful. Before you mess around with anything you should always say a prayer asking God to protect you.
Oh I found the A Haunting series on amazon.com. I really think you would enjoy them.

Spoiler
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:shrug: Crap I am at my mom's house using her computer and was still signed in under her name. :)
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Oh I found the A Haunting series on amazon.com. I really think you would enjoy them.



I think I will wait to purchase this set. Apparently they left the narration off of the set. :huh: They have re-released them with the narration but you still have to be careful that they send you the right one. Bah, no wonder they were so cheap. :rolleyes:
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