An Early Christian Rite of Exorcism

The following ritual is the combined exorcism prayers of Basil and John Chrysostom. They may be used as presented, or modified to suit the minister's particular needs.


The Prayers of John Chrysostom

Presbyter: O Eternal God, Who has redeemed the race of men from the captivity of the devil, deliver Your servant/handmaid from all the workings of unclean spirits. Command the evil and impure spirits and demons to depart from the soul and body of your servant/handmaid and not to remain nor hide in him/her. Let them be banished from this the creation of Your hands in Your Holy Name and that of Your only begotten Son, Jesus, and of Your life-creating Spirit, so that, after being cleansed from all demonic influence, he/she may live godly, justly and righteously and may be counted worthy to receive the Holy Mysteries of Your only-begotten Son and our Savior, with Whom You are blessed and glorified together with the Holy Spirit now and ever and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

O You Who has rebuked all unclean spirits and by the power of Your Word has banished the legion, come now, through Your only begotten Son upon this creature, which You have fashioned in Your own image and deliver him/her from the adversary that holds him/her in bondage, so that, receiving Your mercy and becoming purified, he/she might join the ranks of Your holy flock and be preserved as a living temple of the Holy Spirit and might receive the divine and holy Mysteries through the grace and compassion and loving kindness of Your only-begotten Son, Jeus, with Whom You are blessed together with Your Holy Spirit now and ever and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

We beseech You, O Lord, Almighty God, Most High, perfect, peaceful King. We beseech You Who has created the heaven and the earth, for out of You has issued the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end, You Who has ordained that the four footed and irrational beasts be under subjection to man, for You have subjected them. Lord, stretch out Your mighty hand and Your sublime and holy arm and in Your watchful care look down upon this Your creature and send down upon him/her a peaceful angel, a mighty angel, a guardian of soul and body, that will rebuke and drive away every evil and unclean demon from him/her, for You alone are Lord, Most High, almighty and blessed unto ages of ages. Amen.

We make this great, divine, holy and awesome invocation and plea, demon, for your expulsion, as well as this rebuke for your utter annihilation, you apostate! God Who is holy, without beginning, frightful, invisible in essence, infinite in power and incomprehensible in divinity, the King of glory and Lord Almighty, He shall rebuke you, demon! He Who composed all things well by his Word from nothingness into being; He Who walks upon the wings of the air.

The Lord rebukes you, demon!

He Who calls forth the water of the sea and pours it upon the face of all the earth. Lord of Hosts is His name.

Demon, the Lord rebukes you!

He Who is ministered to and praised by numberless heavenly orders and adored and glorified in fear by multitudes of angelic and archangelic hosts.

Satan, the Lord rebukes you!

He Who is honored by the encircling Powers, the awesome six-winged and many-eyed Cherubim and Seraphim that cover their faces with two wings because of His inscrutable and unseen divinity and with two wings cover their feet, lest they be seared by His unutterable glory and incomprehensible majesty, and with two wings do fly and fill the heavens with their shouts of "Holy, holy, holy, Lord Sabaoth, heaven and earth are full of Thy glory!"

Demon, The Lord rebukes you!

He Who came down from the Father's bosom and, through the holy, inexpressible, immaculate and adorable Incarnation from the virgin, appeared ineffably in the world to save it and cast you down from heaven in His authoritative power and showed you to be an outcast to every man.

Satan, The Lord Jesus Christ rebukes you!

He Who said to the sea, be silent, be still, and instantly it was calmed at His command.

Demon, The Lord Jesus Christ rebukes you!

He Who made clay with His immaculate spittle and refashioned the wanting member of the man blind from birth and gave him his sight.

Demon, The Lord Jesus Christ rebukes you!

He Who by His word restored to life the daughter of the ruler of the synagogue and snatched the son of the widow out from the mouth of death and gave him whole and sound to his own mother.

Demon, The Lord Jesus Christ rebukes you!

The Lord Who raised Lazarus the four-days dead from the dead, undecayed, as if not having died, and unblemished to the astonishment of many.

Satan, The Lord Jesus Christ rebukes you!

He Who destroyed the curse by the blow on His face and by the lance in His immaculate side lifted the flaming sword that guarded Paradise.

Demon, The Lord Jesus Christ rebukes you!

He Who dried all tears from every face by the spitting upon His precious expressed image.

Demon, The Lord Jesus Christ rebukes you!

He Who set His Cross as a support, the salvation of the world, to your fall and the fall of all the angels under you.

Demon, The Lord Jesus Christ rebukes you!

He Who spoke from His Cross and the curtain of the temple was torn in two, and the rocks were split and the tombs were opened and those who were dead from the ages were raised up.

Demon, The Lord Jesus Christ rebukes you!

He Who by His own death did away with the penalty of death and by His rising granted life to all men.

May the Lord Jesus Christ rebuke you, Satan!

He Who descended into Hades and opened its tombs and set free those held prisoner in it, calling them to Himself; before Whom the gatekeepers of Hades shuddered when they saw Him and, hiding themselves, vanished in the anguish of Hades.
May the Lord Jesus Christ rebuke you, demon!

Christ our God Who arose from the dead and granted His Resurrection to all men.
May the Lord Jesus Christ rebuke you, Satan!

He Who in glory ascended into heaven to His Father, sitting on the right of majesty upon the throne of glory.

Demon, May the Lord Jesus Christ rebuke you!

He Who shall come again with glory upon the clouds of heaven with His holy angels to judge the living and the dead.

Demon, May the Lord Jesus Christ rebuke you!

He Who has prepared for you unquenchable fire, the unsleeping worm and the outer darkness unto eternal punishment.

Demon, May the Lord Jesus Christ rebuke you!

For before Him all things shudder and tremble from the face of His power and the wrath of His warning upon you is uncontainable.

Satan, The Lord rebukes you by His frightful name!

Shudder, tremble, be afraid, depart, be utterly destroyed, be banished! You who fell from heaven and together with you all evil spirits: every evil spirit of lust, the spirit of evil, a day and nocturnal spirit, a noonday and evening spirit, a midnight spirit, an imaginative spirit, an encountering spirit, either of the dry land or of the water, or one in a forest, or among the reeds, or in trenches, or in a road or a crossroad, in lakes, or streams, in houses, or one sprinkling in the baths and chambers, or one altering the mind of man. Depart swiftly from this creature of the Creator Christ our God! And be gone from the servant/handmaid of God ___________, from his/her mind, from his/her soul, from his/her heart, from his/her reins, from his/her senses, from all his/her members, that he/she might become whole and sound and free, knowing God, his/her own Master and Creator of all things, He Who gathers together those who have gone astray and Who gives them the seal of salvation through the rebirth and restoration of divine Baptism, so that he may be counted worthy of His immaculate, heavenly and awesome Mysteries and be united to His true fold, dwelling in a place of pasture and nourished on the waters of repose, guided pastorally and safely by the staff of the Cross unto the forgiveness of sins and life everlasting. For unto Him belong all glory, honor, adoration and majesty together with Your Eternal Father and His life-giving Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.


Lord, have mercy.

Lord of lords, Creator of spirits and Artificer of the invisible powers, of all things heavenly and earthly: You Who no man has seen, nor is able to see; You Whom all creation fears and before Whom it trembles; You Who cast into the darkness of the abyss the angels who did fall away with Satan who disobeyed You and haughtily refused to serve You, do expel by the terror of Your Holy Name the evil one and his legions loose upon the earth, Lucifer and those with him who fell from above. Set him to flight and command him and his demons to depart completely. Let no harm come to them who are sealed in Your image and let those who are sealed receive dominion, "to tread on serpents and scorpions and all the power of the enemy." For You do we offer our hymn and magnify and with every breath do we glorify Your Holy Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

The Prayers of Basil


Lord, have mercy.

I expel you, primal source of blasphemy, prince of the rebel host, originator of evil. I expel you, Lucifer, who was cast from the brilliance on high into the darkness of the abyss on account of your arrogance: I expel you and all the fallen hosts which followed your will: I expel you, spirit of uncleanness, who revolted against Adonai, Elohim, the omnipotent God of Hosts and the army of His angels. Be gone and depart from the servant/handmaid of God ______________. I expel you in the name of Him Who created all things by His Word, His Only-Begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, Who was born before all the ages; by Whom was formed all things visible and invisible, Who made man after His Image: Who guarded him by the angels, Who trained him in the Law, Who drowned sin in the flood of waters from above and Who shut up the abysses under the heaven, Who shook down the tower of Babel, Who reduced Sodom and Gomorrah to ashes by sulfur and fire, a fact to which the unceasing vapors testify; and Who by the staff of Moses separated the waters of the Red Sea, opening a waterless path for the people while the tyrannical Pharaoh and his God-fighting army were drowned forever in its waves for his wicked persecution of them; and Who in these last days was inexplicably incarnate of a pure virgin who preserved the seal of her chastity intact; and Who was pleased to purge our ancient defilement in the baptismal cleansing. I expel you, Satan, by virtue of Christ's baptism in the Jordan, which for us is a type of our inheritance of incorruption through grace and sanctified waters: the same One Who astounded the angels and all the heavenly powers when they beheld God incarnate in the flesh and also revealed at the Jordan His Eternal Father and the Holy Spirit with Whom He shares the unity of the Trinity. I expel you, evil one, in the name of Him Who rebuked the winds and stilled the turbulent sea; Who banished the legion of demons and opened the eyes of him who was born blind from his mother's womb; and Who from clay fashioned sight for him, whereby He re-enacted the ancient refashioning of our face; Who restored the speech of the speechless, purged the stigma of leprosy, raised the dead from the grave and Who Himself despoiled Hades by His death and Resurrection thereby rendering mankind impervious to death. I expel you, in the name of Almighty God Who filled men with the inbreathing of a divinely inspired voice and Who wrought together with the Apostles the piety, which has filled the universe. Fear and flee, run, leave, unclean and accursed spirit, deceitful and unseemly creature of the infernal depths, visible through deceit, hidden by pretense. Depart wherever you may appear, Beelzebub, vanish as smoke and heat, bestial and serpentine thing, whether disguised as male or female, whether beast or crawling thing or flying, whether garrulous, mute or speechless, whether bringing fear of being trampled, or rending apart, conniving, whether oppressing him/her in sleep, by some display of weakness, by distracting laughter, or taking pleasure in false tears whether by lechery or stench of carnal lust, pleasure, addiction to drugs, divination or astrology, whether dwelling in a house, whether possessed by audacity, or contentiousness or instability, whether striking him with lunacy, or returning to him after the passage of time, whether you be of the morning, noonday, midnight or night, indefinite time or daybreak, whether spontaneously or sent to someone or coming upon him/her unawares, whether from the sea, a river, from beneath the earth, from a well, a ravine, a hollow, a lake, a thicket of reeds, from matter, land, refuse, whether from a grove, a tree, a thicket, from a fowl, or thunder, whether from the precincts of a bath, a pool of water or from a pagan sepulcher or from any place where you may lurk; whether by knowledge or ignorance or any place not mentioned. Depart, separate yourself from him/her, be ashamed before him who was made in the image of God and shaped by His hand.

Fear the likeness of the incarnate God and no longer hide in His servant/handmaid____________; rather await the rod of iron, the fiery furnace, the gnashing of teeth as reprisal for disobedience. Be afraid, be still, flee, neither return nor hide in him some other kind of evil, unclean spirits. Depart into the uncultivated, waterless waste of the desert where no man dwells, where God alone vigilantly watches, Who shall bind you that dares with envy to plot against His image and Who, with chains of darkness shall hold you in punishment, Who by day and night and for a great length of time has devised all manner of evils, devil; for great is your fear of God and great is the glory of the Father, of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.


Lord, have mercy.

God of the heavens, God of Light, God of the Angels and Archangels obedient to Your Authority and Power; God Who are glorified in Your Saints, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Only-begotten Son, Who delivered the souls which were bound to death and Who enlightened them that dwelt in darkness; He Who released us from all our misery and pain and Who has protected us from the assaults of the enemy. And You, Son and Word of God, has purposed us for immortality by Your death and glorified us with Your glory; You Who loosed us from the fetters of our sins through Your Cross, rendering us pleasing to Yourself and uniting us with God; You Who rescued us from destruction and cured all our diseases; You Who set us on the path to heaven and changed our corruption to incorruption. Hear me as I cry out to You with longing and fear, You before Whom the mountains and the firmament under the heavens do shrink; You Who makes the physical elements tremble, keeping them within their own limits; and because of Whom the fires of retribution dare not overstep the boundary set for them but must await the decision of Your Will; and for Whom all creation sighs with great sighs awaiting deliverance; by Whom all adverse natures have been put to flight and the legion of the enemy has been subdued, the devil is frightened, the serpent trampled under foot and the dragon slain; You Who has enlightened the nations which confess and welcome Your rule, O Lord; You through Whom life hath appeared, hope has prevailed, through Whom the man of the earth was recreated by belief in You. For Who is like You, Almighty God? Wherefore we beseech You, Heavenly Father, Lord of mercies, Who existed before the ages and surpasses all good, calling upon Your Holy Name, through the love of Your Son, Jesus Christ, the Holy One, and Your All-powerful Holy Spirit.

Cast away from his/her soul every malady, all disbelief, spare him/her from the furious attacks of unclean, infernal, fiery, evil-serving, lustful spirits, the love of gold and silver, conceit, fornication, every shameless, unseemly, dark and profane demon. Indeed, O God, expel from Your servant/handmaiden _________ every energy of the devil, every enchantment and delusion; all idolatry, lunacy, astrology, necromancy, every bird of omen, the love of luxury and the flesh, all greed, drunkenness, carnality, adultery, licentiousness, shamelessness, anger, contentiousness, confusion and all evil suspicion. Yes, O Lord our God, breathe upon him/her the Spirit of Your Peace, watch over him/her and produce thereby the fruits of faith, virtue, wisdom, chastity, self-control, love, uprightness, hope, meekness, long-suffering, patience, prudence and understanding in Your servant/handmaiden that he/she may be welcomed by You in the name of Jesus Christ, believing in the co-essential Trinity, giving witness and glorifying Your dominion, along with the Angels and Archangels and all the heavenly host, guarding our hearts by them; for all things are possible to You, O Lord. Therefore, we ascribe glory to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Exorcism of a Home

O Lord God of our salvation, Son of the Living God, Who is borne by the Cherubim, being above all dominions, principalities, authorities and powers: You are great and fearsome to all around You. You are the One Who set the heavens like a vault and made the earth in Your might; Who directs the universe in Your wisdom. When earthquakes occur under heaven from the foundations, its pillars are unshaken. You speak and the sun does not shine. You sealed the stars. You forbade the seas and dried them up. Authorities and dominions hide from Your wrath, and the rock trembles before You.

You obliterated the gates of brass and demolished the bars of iron. You bound the Mighty One and smashed his vessels. By Your Cross You cast down tyrants and drew in the Serpent with the hook of Your humanity. Having cast him down, You bound him with hooks in the gloom of eternal punishment.

As the same Lord, the Hope of those who place their confirmation on You, and the Wall of might for those whose expectation is in You, anathematize, drive away and transform all diabolical actions and all satanic indictments, all slanders of the Adversary, and of the powers lying under this roof. Free those bearing the Sign which is powerful against demons: the Cross of Your victory, and calling upon Your gracious Name, from possession by him and from those wandering about under this roof.

Lord, You drove away legions of demons, and the demons and unclean spirits by which the deaf and dumb were held. These You commanded to depart and not to return again. You have consumed all the armies of our invisible enemies, and have made wise the faithful who have known You. For You said, "Behold, I give you power to trample underfoot snakes and scorpions, and all the power of enemies" (Luke 10:19).

Preserve, O Master, all who live in the house from all harm and every temptation from below, delivering them from fear of the feeble one and the arrows that fly by day, from things proceeding from the darkness and attacks by demons at midday. Let Your servants and Your children, delighting in Your help, and preserved by armies of angels, faithfully sing with one accord: "The Lord is my Helper and I will not be afraid; what can man do to me?" and again, "I will fear no evil, for You are with me."

As You are my Confirmation, O God, Mighty Master, Prince of Peace, and Father of the age to come, for Your kingdom is an eternal Kingdom, to you alone is the Kingdom, and the Power, and the Glory, with the Father and the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.


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