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The Exorcism Rite

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Monday, February 11, 2008

In general, exorcists are supposed to follow a single set of procedures. According to the 1999 rules released by the Vatican in an 84-page document, priests begin the ritual by praying, sprinkling holy water and laying hands on the victim, making the sign of the cross and repeating the Litany of the Saints.

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Next, the priests command the demon to identify itself by name and to relinquish its hold on the possessed. More prayers, holy water and Gospel readings follow, repeated as necessary.


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