Prayers of Deliverance

The Cross of St. Zacharias with the Five Wounds: The meaning of the Crosses and Latin letters.

  • O Cross of Christ, save me.

Z. May zeal for thy house free me.

  • The Cross conquers; the Cross reigns; the Cross rules; by the sign of the Cross free me, O Lord, from this pestilence.

D. God, my God, drive this pestilence away from me & from this place, and free me.

I. Into thy hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit, my heart, and my body.

A. Before heaven and earth God was; and God is able to liberate me from his pestilence.

  • The Cross of Christ will expel the pestilence from this place & from my body.

B. It is good to wait for the help of God in silence, that he may drive away this pestilence from me.

I. I will incline my heart to performing thy just deeds, and I will not be confounded, for I have called upon thee.

Z. I had zeal on occasion of the wicked; seeing the peace of sinners, I have hoped in thee.

  • The Cross of Christ puts demons to flight; corrupt air; and drives away the pestilence.

S. I am thy salvation, says the Lord; cry out to me, and I will hear thee, and I will liberate thee from this pestilence.

A. Abyss calls to abyss & thou hast expelled demons by thy voice; liberate me from this pestilence.

B. Blessed the man who hopes in the Lord, and does not look upon vanities, and false extravagances.

  • May the Cross of Christ, which was once the cause of scandal and indignity, and is now in glory and nobility, be for my salvation, and expel from this place the demon, and corrupt air, and pestilence from my body.

Z. May zeal for the honour of God convert me before I die, and in thy name, save me from this pestilence.

  • May the sign of the Cross free the People of God & those who trust in him, from the pestilence.

H. Will this foolish people return to the Lord? Make good on thy vows, offering a sacrifice of praise and faith to him, because he is able to liberate this place and me, from this pestilence; for whoever trusts in him will not be confounded.

G. If I will not praise thee, let my tongue stick to my throat & to my jaws; free those who hope in thee; in thee I trust; liberate me and this place, O God, from this pestilence, for thy name has been invoked in prayer.

F. At thy death, O Lord, darkness fell over the whole earth; my God, render the power of the devil tenuous and dim, for it is for this that thou hast come, O Son of the living God: so that though might destroy the works of the devil. With thy power, drive out from this place & from me, thy servant, this pestilence; and may the corrupt air depart from me into the outer darkness.

  • Defend us, O Cross of Christ, and expel from this place the pestilence, and free thy servant from this pestilence, thou who art kind, and merciful, and of many mercies, and true.

B. Blessed is he who does not look upon vanities, and false extravagances; on the day of evil the Lord will free him; Lord, I have trusted in thee; free me from this pestilence.

F. God has become my refuge; because I have trusted in thee, free me from this pestilence.

R. Look upon me, O Lord my God, Adonai, from the holy seat of thy Majesty & have mercy on me, and because of thy mercy, free me from this pestilence.

S. Thou art my Salvation: heal me & I will be healed; save me, and I will be saved. Amen.

St. Gilbert of Sempringham pray for us.


“To repent is not to look downwards at my own shortcomings, but upwards at God’s love, it is not to look backwards with self-reproach but forward with trustfulness, it is to see not what I have failed to be, but what by the grace of Christ I might yet become.”

St. John Climacus


Thou hast put gladness in my heart since the time that their corn, and wine, and oil, increased. I will lay me down in peace, and take my rest for it is thou, Lord, only, that makest me dwell in safety.

Psalm 4:8–9

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If you ask me what you are to do in order to be perfect, I say, first:

Do not lie in bed beyond the due time of rising;

give your first thoughts to God;

make a good visit to the Blessed Sacrament;

say the Angelus devoutly;

eat and drink to God’s glory;

say the Rosary well;

be recollected; keep out bad thoughts;

make your evening meditation well;

examine yourself daily;

go to bed in good time, and you are already perfect.

— St. John Henry Newman



The Voided Cross

I came across a photograph of Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the US, wearing a chasuble which features the voided cross in its design — a form of the cross I have been drawn to for a long time. Indeed, this was the form of the cross that was granted to me by the Canadian Crown as a charge on my heraldic achievement (Coat of Arms).

Although one might ignorantly and superficially associate the voided cross with the black and white stylised iron cross used by the German military today, in WWI and during WWII, it is clear the symbols are from different families and are not the same thing at all.

The iron cross is a black cross with equal arms, with a white outline (stylised to various degrees) whereas the voided cross is composed of four arms with a negative space in-between. The iron cross, first used in Prussia in 1813, continues to be used by the German army on military vehicles and aircraft.

As just said, the voided cross is of a different construction: coloured arms with a void in the midst. This space is significant in that it can represent the resurrection — such a significant event for all humanity. I also like that the four arms of equal length represent balance, a Benedictine value that was important to me (and still is).

The voided cross continues to be used in heraldry in Canada, Britain and beyond. It is also used in some places as the symbol of a Life Guard, as well as by pharmacies in Europe and so I like the protective and medical associations of the symbol as well.

The use of the voided cross on the Archbishop’s chasuble is nice to see and I enjoy seeing the particular cross on other ecclesiastical garments as well.

The cross, in its many and varied forms, remind us of Christ and His Sacrifice for us. All your sins, and mine too, were nailed to the cross along with our Saviour Jesus Christ. We access that boundless of grace through the Holy Sacraments and by continually reforming our lives by avoiding sin, repenting of it when it comes our way, and by firmly resolving to amend our lives and sin no more.

Jesus came to save sinners. Receive that salvation that has been given you by Jesus on the Cross. And if I might be so bold: wear a cross, display it as a reminder of just how important you are to God the Holy Trinity.



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