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Visiting Salem

Recently, I had opportunity to spend a few days in Salem, Massachusetts. A place that will forever be marred for its historical past. I arrived to Salem on the 18th of September and left on the 20th, these three days ended up being the 316th anniversary of the day that Giles Corey was pressed to death.

The trip began with checking into a nearby Hotel situated on derby street. A short distance from all of the museums, and historical events. Today Salem is a Mecca of sorts for many practicing wiccans, an irony of Salem amongst many. In 1692 the Salem witch trials took place, in which time 20 people and 2 dogs were convicted of witchcraft. These charges were based entirely upon spectral evidence. Meaning imagination and make believe.

The Book of Thomas the Contender

Translated by John D. Turner

The secret words that the savior spoke to Judas Thomas which I, even I, Mathaias, wrote down, while I was walking, listening to them speak with one another.

The savior said, “Brother Thomas while you have time in the world, listen to me, and I will reveal to you the things you have pondered in your mind.

“Now, since it has been said that you are my twin and true companion, examine yourself, and learn who you are, in what way you exist, and how you will come to be. Since you will be called my brother, it is not fitting that you be ignorant of yourself. And I know that you have understood, because you had already understood that I am the knowledge of the truth. So while you accompany me, although you are uncomprehending, you have (in fact) already come to know, and you will be called ‘the one who knows himself’.

Roman Ritual Blessings and Other Sacramentals

The Roman Ritual contains most if not all prayers and blessings. While the book may not be of interest to most of our visitors, it does have a few gems such as the method to perform an exorcism as well as this gem.

DEPRECATORY BLESSING AGAINST PESTS

(mice and rats, locusts, worms, etc.)

The priest vests in surplice and purple stole, and coming to the
field or place infested with these creatures, says:

Antiphon: Arise, Lord, help us; and deliver us for your kindness’
sake.

Ps 43.1: O God, our ears have heard, our fathers have declared to
us.

All: Glory be to the Father.

P: As it was in the beginning.

All Ant.: Arise, Lord, help us; and deliver us for your kindness’
sake.

P: Our help is in the name of the Lord.
All: Who made heaven and earth.
P: Lord, heed my prayer.
All: And let my cry be heard by you.
P: The Lord be with you.
All: May He also be with you.

Let us pray.
We entreat you, Lord, be pleased to hear our prayers; and even
though we rightly deserve, on account of our sins, this plague of
mice (or locusts, worms, etc.), yet mercifully deliver us for
your kindness’ sake. Let this plague be expelled by your power,
and our land and fields be left fertile, so that all it produces
redound to your glory and serve our necessities; through Christ
our Lord.
All: Amen.

Let us pray.
Almighty everlasting God, the donor of all good things, and the
most merciful pardoner of our sins; before whom all creatures bow
down in adoration, those in heaven, on earth, and below the
earth; preserve us sinners by your might, that whatever we
undertake with trust in your protection may meet with success by
your grace. And now as we utter a curse on these noxious pests,
may they be cursed by you; as we seek to destroy them, may they be destroyed by you; as we seek to exterminate them, may they be exterminated by you; so that delivered from this plague by your goodness, we may freely offer thanks to your majesty; through
Christ our Lord.
All: Amen.

Exorcism

I cast out you noxious vermin, by God + the Father almighty, by
Jesus + Christ, His only-begotten Son, and by the Holy + Spirit.
May you speedily be banished from our land and fields, lingering
here no longer, but passing on to places where you can do no
harm. In the name of the almighty God and the entire heavenly
court, as well as in the name of the holy Church of God, we
pronounce a curse on you, that wherever you go you may be cursed, decreasing from day to day until you are obliterated. Let no remnant of you remain anywhere, except what might be necessary for the welfare and use of mankind. Be pleased to grant our request, you who are coming to judge both the living and the dead and the world by fire.
All: Amen.

The places infested are sprinkled with holy water.

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