44) Eastern Orthodox Exorcism
Anyone wanting to join the Eastern Orthodox religion must undergo an exorcism. Laughably the church itself often has demons cast out of it as well, attacking the demons hiding out in the walls with incense thuribles thought to be loaded with anti-demon powers.
The Eastern Orthodox say to be "born again" you must go through an exorcism rite.
The Orthodox position :
Satan has under his leadership legions and invisible powers, with their own "satanic teachings."
The Orthodox Tradition of Exorcising
it is imperative to proceed to the method of repelling and exorcising the evil powers.
The New Testament, however, rejected popular uses of magic incantations and rites to expel the satanic powers from people, because they took advantage of superstitious religiosity (Acts 19:13).
The satanic powers are destroyed through the power of the cross
Objects possessed by demons, when exorcised in the name of the living God, are freed from the possession of evil.
1) Exorcism ritual in the Sacrament of Baptism,
2) The Renunciation of Evil ceremony in an Orthodox baptism service, forces a person to renounce the Reformation if they were formerly Protestant, by categorizing the Reformation gospel as evil, and part of the forces of darkness and the Devil.
3) The evil eye (vaskania) - Exorcising superstitious groundless satanic powers with voodoo.
4) Exorcising the devil in the case of a possessed person.
5) Exorcising objects - note, Orthodox belief in this has been fashioned around the claims of witches who say they can "hex, spell-bind, curse just about any inanimate object" thus the Orthodox belief in this is built around the claims of witches, and the Orthodox will do an exorcism in theory to cast demons out of just about anything, or "remove demonic influences" from it.
Of course if some "thing" was to be surrounded by demons it might perhaps most likely be an idol, a false god, or a witch. But you might assume it would never enter into the heads of the Orthodox to do an exorcism on one of their own priests, idols, or things in the surrounding area - yet they do cast demon powers out of their own church walls in a baptismal service, as if blaming the laity for bringing them along with them
Baptism Exorcism Ceremony:
Before you can be baptized into Orthodoxy you must see the exorcist! Yes..... that is right. You must be receive a triple exorcism against the devil and his demon hordes at work attacking your life to become a member of the Eastern Orthodox church. The humiliation and subjugation of the "laity" begins early, including the ridiculous practice of confirmation, found nowhere in Acts 8 for instance.
check out the two on the left! They look like a witch and a wizard out of Harry Potter!
The Orthodox priest in this picture rides on a mans back as if the man is a donkey, as he says he is "possessed". When the man collapses the priest stands on his head.
see the video on YouTube:
quote: "this is an orthodox priest performing an exorcism ritual in Transnistria, a region of Moldova. The priest is actually riding on a man and then stepping on him in order to remove the evil spirits."
Isn't it a contradiction to "use" a crucifix in an exorcism? As it is an idol.
A kind of Exorcism even happens before baptism
Here are the 3 prayers of exorcism from a baptism
Priest: Let us pray to the Lord
People: Lord, have mercy
Priest: The Lord rebukes you, O Devil, for he came into the world and dwelt among men in order to shatter your tyranny and free mankind; hanging on the Cross, he triumphed over all the hostile powers, when the sun was darkened and the earth was shaken, when the graves were opened and the bodies of the Saints rose; he destroyed death by death and conquered you, O Devil, who had the power of death. I adjure you in the name of God who revealed the tree of life and appointed the Cherubim and the fiery sword that turns each way to guard it. Be rebuked and depart; for I adjure you in the name of him who walked on the water as if it were dry land, and calmed the tempest whose look dries up the abyss and whose threatening makes the mountains melt away. It is this same Lord who now commands you, through us. Fear, come out and depart from this human being(these human beings), and never return, not hide in him(her/them), neither meet nor act upon him(her/them), not by night or by day, not at dawn or at noontime, but depart to your own darkness until the appointed day of judgment. Fear God who sits upon the Cherubim and looks down into the abyss; before whom tremble Angels, Archangels, Thrones, Dominions, Principalities, Authorities, Powers, the many-eyed Cherubim and the six-winged Seraphim; before whom tremble the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them. Come out and depart from this soldier(these soldiers) or Christ our God, for he (she) has (they have) been marked with the sign of the Cross and newly enlisted. For it is in His name that I adjure you, the name of the Lord who walks upon the wings of the wind, who makes his Angels spirits and his ministers a flaming fire. Come out and depart from this human being (these human beings), with all your power and your angels. For the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit is glorified, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen
Priest: Let us pray to the Lord
People: Lord, have mercy
Priest: God the holy, the fearful, the glorious, incomprehensible and inscrutable in all his works and all his might, who ordained for you, O Devil, the punishment of eternal torment, through us his unworthy servants, orders you, and all the powers that work with you, to depart from him(her/them) who has(have) been newly sealed in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, our true God. Therefore, I adjure you, most wicked, impure, abominable, loathsome and alien spirit: Come out of the man and never again enter into him. Depart, admit the vanity of your power which could not even control the swine. Remember him who, at your own request, commanded you to enter into the herd of the swine. Fear God, by whose command the earth was made firm upon the waters; who made the heaven, who weighted the mountains in a balance and the valleys on a pair of scales (Is 40,12) who placed the sand as a boundary to the sea and a safe path in the raging waters; who makes the mountains smoke at his touch; who clothes himself with light as a garment; who covers over his lofty dwellings with waters; who laid the foundations of the earth so secure that it should never be shaken from them; who lifts up the water and the sea and returns it as rain upon the face of all the earth. Come out and depart from him (her/them) who is (are) now preparing for holy illumination. I adjure you by the saving Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ and his sacred Body and Blood and his awesome return; for he shall come without delay to judge all the earth, and shall assign you, and all the powers working with you, to the fire of hell, having deliver you to the outer darkness, where the worm constantly devours, and the fire is never extinguished. For the power belongs to Christ our God, together with the Father and the Holy Spirit, now and ever unto the ages of ages Amen.
Priest: Let us pray to the Lord
People: Lord, mercy
Priest: O Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, who heal every illness every infirmity, look upon your servant(s) (N); seek out examine and expel from him (her/them) all the workings of the Devil. Rebuke the impure spirits and banish them, and cleanse the work(s) of your hands; by your swift action crush Satan under his (her/their) feet, and grant to him (her/them) victory over the Devil and his impure spirits; so that, having received your mercy, he (she/they) may become worthy of your immortal and heavenly mysteries and may give glory to you, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to ages of ages. Amen.
It's a controversial question but...... can it be blasphemy of the Holy Spirit when a false priest of Orthodoxy goes against scripture, and insultingly performs an exorcism of an Evangelical, or a person who has a true simple Faith in Jesus. These men are NOT imparting the Holy Spirit into people, they act as if they are used by God to clean people out of demons before you can be saved. It is blasphemy.
In the early Church exorcisms were performed by a person especially trained and appointed to pray to drive out evil from those about to be baptized.
Since the fourth century the place of the exorcist, as well as other functions and ministries, have been taken over by the priest.
The exorcisms are prayers that invoke God to expel evil spirits.
The priest prays to expel all evil, the spirit of error, of idolatry, of covetousness, of Iying and every impure act that arises from the teachings of the devil.
The renunciation of the devil in baptism is used in every baptism that is performed in the Orthodox Church.
Vaskania (the evil eye) voodoo ceremony .
The exorcism of satanic powers is also performed by the Orthodox Church in other rites, such as that of the evil eye (vaskania).
OED definition :
"the evil eye - a gaze or stare superstitiously believed to cause harm."
please notice this very concept is a groundless witchcraft superstition, and the Orthodox religion fights a groundless witchcraft power with voodoo witchcraft powers in return.
Vaskania is simply a phenomenon that was accepted by primitive people as fact. They believed that certain people have such powerful feelings of jealousy and envy, that when they looked on some beautiful object or individual it brought destruction.
Vaskania is recognized by the Church as the jealousy and envy of some people for things they do not possess, such as beauty, youth, courage or any other blessing. The Church essentially rejected Vaskania as contradicting the concept of divine providence. The prayers of the Church to avert the evil eye are, however, a silent recognition of this phenomenon as a morbid feeling of envy.
Orthodox Cults and The Evil Eye .
The Orthodox church say they have no cults, sects and multiple churches, but nothing could be further from the truth. Some Orthodox cults use rituals even more bizarre and like satanic witchcraft than the Orthodox churches own official voodoo ceremonies to overcome the evil eye. They will even take money for doing ceremonies to lift the "evil eye". This may have sprung from the fact that the Orthodox church encourage their "sub class" they call the laity to exorcise evil themselves and use repeat prayers forbidden by Jesus to "do it".
"This secret rite is described as follows: "The exorcist (not a priest but an old woman) prepares a vial of olive oil and a small glass of water. She dips a finger in the oil, rubs it in a sign of the Cross on the victim's forehead and lets one drop fall onto the water; she repeats the process, making a cross on the forehead, on the chin and both cheeks. If the devil is indeed present, the four drops of oil in the water join to form the ellipsoid shape of an eye. The ritual then calls for the reading of prayers and repeating the four signs of the Cross; the drops of oil will not join in the water, but will disperse." unquote.
Notice the Orthodox church describes the people having unofficial voodoo ceremonies practiced on them as "victims" but they do not call the people "victims" they perform their own voodoo rites and rituals on concerning "the evil eye" or Vaskania.
The possession of individuals by the devil and demonic powers and the cure in the name of Christ is evidenced in the New Testament (Acts 3:2-8, 9:32-42; 20:7-12; Matt. 10:8; Mark 16:17-18). The Church continues in its liturgical rites what Christ enacted in His ministry. The Church recognizes the influence of evil and renounces it in the name of Christ in prayers and fasting. The prayers of exorcism in the early Church were offered by special ministry through the exorcist. This is evidenced from the early prayers that have survived. From the fourth century onwards, the ministry of the exorcist has been fulfilled by the priest.
Orthodox Prayers of Exorcism
All the Orthodox prayer books include prayers of exorcism used by priests to fight the power of evil. The Orthodox Book of Prayers (Euchologion To Mega) includes three prayers of exorcism by Saint Basil and four by Saint John Chrysostom. They are read "for those who suffer from demonic possessions and every other malady." Through these prayers, the devil is exorcised (renounced) "in the name of God Almighty and the Lord Jesus Christ, and commanded to come out of the victim, who is liberated and redeemed by the eternal God from the energies (powers) of the impure spirits. The great ills that humanity suffers are attributed to the devil and demonic power."
From the Orthodox theological point of view, the following can be considered exorcists:
Christ is the exorcist par excellence for it is He who won the victory over the power of the devil.
Priests in the performance of the holy sacraments and in preaching the word of God follow Christ's example.
All Orthodox Christians are exorcists as they struggle against personal sin and social evil. In fact, "the whole Church, past, present and future, has the task of an exorcist to banish sin, evil, injustice, spiritual death, the devil from the life of humanity." Archbishop Iakovos, in a sermon at the Sage Chapel, Cornell University, spoke on exorcism in the following manner: "Both healing and exorcising are ministered through prayers, which spring from faith in God and from love for man.... All the prayers of healing and exorcism, composed by the Fathers of the Church and in use since the third century, begin with the solemn declaration: In Thy Name, O Lord.' " (Exorcism and Exorcists in the Greek Orthodox Tradition, March 10, 1974.)
In summary, the four prayers of exorcism by Saint John Chrysostom and the three of Saint Basil ask in the name of God to deliver the possessed from the captivity of the devil. Some can be healed by faith accompanied by fasting and purification. The use of exorcism must be made with discretion and great care. (For details, see G. Papademetriou, "Exorcism and the Greek Orthodox Church," in Exorcism Through the Ages, New York: Philosophical Library, 1974.)
Catholics do the same .
The Catechism of the Catholic Church .
1237 Since Baptism signifies liberation from sin and from its instigator the devil, one or more exorcisms are pronounced over the candidate. The celebrant then anoints him with the oil of catechumens, or lays his hands on him, and he explicitly renounces Satan. Thus prepared, he is able to confess the faith of the Church, to which he will be “entrusted” by Baptism.
Apparently the old Catholic rites were performed on babies as well, but that is now brushed under the carpet.