Prayers for Protection

Note: The prayers below can be prayed by laypeople.

Prayer Against Every Evil

Spirit of our God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Most Holy Trinity, Immaculate Virgin Mary, angels, archangels, and saints of Heaven, descend upon me. 

Please purify me, Lord, mold me, fill me with yourself, use me.

Banish from me all the forces of evil, destroy them, vanquish them, so that I can be healthy and do good deeds.

Banish from me all spells, witchcraft, black magic, malefic ties, maledictions, and the evil eye; diabolic infestations, oppressions, possessions; all that is evil and sinful, jealousy, perfidy, envy; physical, psychological, moral, spiritual, diabolical ailments.

Burn all these evils in Hell, that they may never again touch me or any other creature in the entire world.

I command and bind all the powers that molest me — by the power of God all-powerful, in the name of Jesus Christ our Savior, through the intercession of the Immaculate Virgin Mary — to leave me forever, and to be consigned into everlasting Hell, where they will be bound by St. Michael, St. Raphael, our guardian angels, and where they will be crushed under the heel of the Immaculate Virgin Mary. Amen.

Prayer for Inner Healing

(This prayer can be said by or with a person experiencing spiritual burdens associated with demonic influence.)

Lord Jesus, you came to heal our wounded and troubles hearts. I beg you to heal the torments that cause anxiety in my heart. I beg you, in a particular way, to heal all who are the cause of sin. I beg you to come into my life and heal me of the psychological harms that struck me in my early years and from the injuries that they caused me throughout my life.

Lord Jesus, you know my burdens. I lay them all on your Good Shepherd's heart. I beseech you — by the merits of the great, open wound in your heart — to heal the small wounds that are in mine. Heal the pain of my memories, so that nothing that has happened to me will cause me to remain in pain and anguish, filled with anxiety.

Heal, O Lord, all those wounds that have been the cause of the evil that is rooted in my life. I want to forgive all those who have offended me. Look to those inner sores that make me unable to forgive. You who came to forgive the afflicted of heart, please, heal my own heart. Heal, my Lord Jesus, those intimate wounds that cause me physical illness. I offer you my heart; accept it, Lord, purify it and give me the sentiments of your Divine Heart. Help me to be meek and humble.

Heal me, O Lord, from the pain caused by the death of my loved ones, which is oppressing me. Grant me to regain peace and joy in the knowledge that you are the Resurrection and the Life. Make me an authentic witness to your resurrection, your victory over sin and death, your living presence among us. Amen.

Prayer for Deliverance

(This prayer can be used as a means of intercession for a person suffering under demonic influence.) 

My Lord, you are all-powerful, you are God, you are Father.

We beg you through the intercession and help of the archangels Michael, Raphael and Gabriel for the deliverance of our brothers and sisters who are enslaved by the Evil One. All Saints of Heaven, come to our aid.

From anxiety, sadness and obsessions, we beg you: free us, O Lord.

From hatred, fornication and envy, we beg you: free us, O Lord.

From thoughts of jealousy, rage and death, we beg you: free us, O Lord.

From every thought of suicide and abortion, we beg you: free us, O Lord.

From every form of sinful sexuality, we beg you: free us, O Lord.

From every division in our family and every harmful friendship, we beg you: free us, O Lord.

From every sort of spell, malefice, witchcraft and every form of the occult, we beg you: free us, O Lord.

Lord, you who said, "I leave you peace, my peace I give you," grant that, through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may be liberated from every evil spell and enjoy your peace always. In the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

These prayers originally appeared in Manual of Minor Exorcisms: Ritual Prayers for Clergy by Bishop Julian Porteous (Catholic Truth Society, 2012).  Reprinted with permission.