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  • Msgr. Stephen Rossetti

Exorcist Diary #105: Facing Lucifer

Updated: Oct 19




We spend alot of time dealing with lower ranking demons. Most people who are possessed have such lesser demons... thank God. If we get their names, they are not commonly known.

Occasionally we run into a higher ranking demon and then it gets rougher. These are the more well known princes of hell such as Beelzebul, Baal, Leviathan, Gressil, Asmodeus and more.

There are moments when Lucifer himself shows up. These are rare. Some demons who inhabit the possessed claim to be Satan or Lucifer, but usually are lower ranking demons perhaps under their direct command. When Lucifer himself shows up, he is typically surrounded by hell's princes and many, many others. This is ugly.

So, I was interrogating the demons and commanded them to tell me who was the leader of the possessing demons. The demonic spokesman answered with an arrogant sneer, "“The King of Hell himself is our leader.” He added, “You’re way out of your league.” Later they confirmed, it was Lucifer himself. Ugh.

Over a year and a half later, after all the lower demons had been cast out in Jesus' name, including hell's princes, Lucifer himself finally came to the fore. He was not like the others. Rather, his personality was unique and unmistakeable.

Lucifer came forward with a hiss and it sounded like a snake. He was not like the lower demons who were often superficially boastful, adolescent, and shallow. Despite their innate intelligence, they acted quite stupidly.

Lucifer was brilliant, cunning, measured and deadly. Lower demons cower in the presence of a priest, but Lucifer did not. Later, I consulted an old exorcist who said, "“They are trying to intimidate you to see if there is any lack of confidence in you which they will pursue.” He added, "Don't take the bait."

It would be a tough spiritual battle, but I and the team had to trust. Lucifer had a VERY strong army. He marshalled all of his considerable resources, including the princes of hell and hundreds of demons. But we had the power of heaven: the BVM, the saints and angels, and then, of course, Jesus himself. I couldn't lose.

I invoked the BVM and prayed the Church's official Rite of Exorcism, with our lay team praying the litanies. The "King of Hell" screamed and writhed like all the rest. As the ancient Rite of Exorcism itself says, "Cede igitur, cede non mihi, sed ministro Christi," that is, "Yield, therefore, yield, not to myself but to the minister of Christ."

Eventually, Lucifer was cast out like the others. "At the name of Jesus every knee should bend, of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord" (Phil 2:10-11).

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