On the Vigil of the Epiphany, Thursday 5th January, a most powerful sacramental with four exorcisms was administered at St Mary's according to the Roman Ritual. The faithful were invited to bring salt and bottles of water to be blessed and to take back home as a protection against temptations and the Evil one.
A timely phone call around 5am that morning had informed the Rector that a person (unknown to our congregation) who had recently attended a reiki 'healing' session felt an urgent need of spiritual protection. A few hours later, the person (a non Catholic) attended the Epiphany Water blessing, was blessed by the priest and took home a full bottle of water. It was timely because the Epiphany Water Blessing takes 20 mins to perform, even when only spoken (fast, in Latin) rather than sung, and is only permitted on 5th January. It was a beautiful reminder of the constant and pratical care of our souls taken by our guardian angels. In this case, the angel must have told the person to call St Mary's without delay, because he - not the soul in distress - had read our Epiphany Water announcement!
After the litanies of the saints and various psalms, to the usual exorcisms of water and salt as for the blessing of traditional Holy Water, a double exorcism was added on this occasion (in Latin):
"Exorcism against Satan and the apostate angels
In the name of our Lord Jesus + Christ and by His power, we cast you out, every unclean spirit, every devilish power, every assault of the infernal adversary, every legion, every diabolical group and sect; begone and stay far from the Church of God, from all who are made in the image of God and redeemed by the precious blood of the divine + Lamb. Never again dare, you cunning serpent, to deceive the human race, to persecute the Church of God, nor to strike the chosen of God and to sift them as + wheat. For it is the Most High God who commands you, + He to whom you heretofore in your great pride considered yourself equal; He who desires that all men might be saved and come to the knowledge of truth. God the Father + commands you. God the Son + commands you. God the Holy + Spirit commands you. The majesty of Christ, the eternal Word of God made flesh + commands you; He who for the salvation of our race, the race that was lost through your envy, humbled Himself and became obedient even unto death; He who built His Church upon a solid rock, and proclaimed that the gates of hell should never prevail against her, and that He would remain with her all days, even to the end of the world. The sacred mystery of the cross + commands you, as well as the power of all the mysteries of Christian faith. The exalted Virgin Mary, Mother of God + commands you, who in her lowliness crushed your proud head from the first moment of her Immaculate Conception. The faith of the holy apostles Peter and Paul and the other apostles + commands you. The blood of the martyrs and the devout intercession of all holy men and women commands you.
Therefore, accursed dragon and every diabolical legion, 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 His only-begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but shall have life everlasting; cease your deception of the human race and your giving them to drink of the poison of everlasting damnation; desist from harming the Church and fettering her freedom. Begone Satan, you father and teacher of lies and enemy of mankind. Give place to Christ in whom you found none of your works; give place to the one, holy, Catholic, and apostolic Church, which Christ Himself purchased with His blood. May you be brought low under God's mighty hand. May you tremble and flee as we call upon the holy and awesome name of Jesus, before whom hell quakes, and to whom the virtues, powers, and dominations are subject; whom the cherubim and seraphim praise with unwearied voices, saying: Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of hosts!"