• Msgr. Stephen Rossetti

Exorcist Diary #70: Ecce Crucem Domini (cont.)

It is likely not an accident that what first greets pilgrims upon entering St. Peter's Square in the Vatican City is the ancient exorcistic formula: "Ecce Crux Domini, Fugite Partes Adversae." This powerful prayer/command is inscribed on the base of the ancient Egyptian obelisk in the center of the square. The Holy City is the site of St. Peter's crucifixion and the residence of his successors. All that approaches ought to be cleansed of evil before entering this sacred place.

This obelisk was originally brought to Rome in 1835 BC by Pharaoh Mencares to honor the sun. The Church later placed it on this prayer pedestal and placed a large bronze cross with a relic of the true cross on the top. No doubt this pagan monument needed a spiritual cleansing!

When someone comes to us for deliverance, we recommend they use the Church's sacramentals liberally. There ought to be a holy water font upon entrance to the house, cleansing those entering the family's sanctuary. There ought to be blessed crucifixes in strategic locations including each bedroom. Holy pictures of the Virgin and the family's favorite saints are very helpful. Regularly saying blessings, and even deliverance prayers, is recommended.

There would be many fewer people coming to us for help if, from the beginning, they had availed themselves of the many protective helps the Church offers. Nevertheless, even in the most dire circumstances, God forgives and generously bestows saving graces that can expel the most difficult of demons.


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