(Approved by the Congregation of Sacred Rites, Jan. 22, 1908)
Adapted for use in the ministry of spiritual liberation and exorcism
P: + Our help is in the name of the Lord.
All: Who made heaven and earth.
P: God, by your name save me, * and by your might defend my cause.
All: God, hear my prayer; * hearken to the words of my mouth.
P: For haughty men have risen up against me, and fierce men seek my life; * they set not God before their eyes.
All: See, God is my helper; * the Lord sustains my life.
P: Turn back the evil upon my foes; * in your faithfulness destroy them.
All: Freely will I offer you sacrifice; * I will praise your name, Lord, for its goodness,
P: Because from all distress you have rescued me, * and my eyes look down upon my enemies.
All: Glory be to the Father…
P: As it was in the beginning…
P: Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.
P: And do not let us fall into temptation.
All: But deliver us from evil.
P: +Blessed be the name of the Lord.
All: Both now and forevermore.
P: Lord, heed my prayer.
All: And let my cry be heard by you.
P: The Lord be with you.
All: And with your spirit
Let us pray.
God, who decreed through blessed Moses, your servant and lawgiver, that silver trumpets should be made and be sounded at the time of sacrifice, in order to remind the people by their clear tones to prepare for your worship and to assemble for its celebration. Grant, we pray, that this bell, destined for your holy Church, may be hallowed + by the Holy Spirit through our lowly ministry, so that when it is tolled and rung the faithful may be invited to the house of God and to the everlasting recompense. Let the people’s faith and piety wax stronger whenever they hear its melodious peals. At the sound of the bell dedicated to St. N. (name of the saint/s) let all evil spirits be driven afar (3x); let thunder and lightning, hail and storm be banished; let the power of your hand put down the evil powers of the air, causing them to tremble at the sound of this bell, and to flee at the sight of the holy cross engraved thereon. (3x) May our Lord Himself grant this, who overcame death on the gibbet of the cross, and who now reigns in the glory of God the Father, in the unity of the Father and the Holy Spirit, forever and ever.
The priest then signs the bell inside and out with holy chrism and then sprinkles the bell with holy water. He may also incense it.
Antiphon: Lord, let my prayer come like incense before you.
Then the priest continues
Let us pray.
O Christ, the almighty ruler, as you once calmed the storm at sea when awakened in the boat from the sleep of your human nature, so now come with your benign help to the needs of your people, and pour out on this bell of St. N. (name of the saint/s) the dew of the Holy Spirit. Whenever it rings may the enemy of the good take flight (3x), the Christian people hear the call to faith, the empire of Satan be terrified (3x), your people be strengthened as they are called together in the Lord, and may the Holy Spirit be with them as He delighted to be with David when he played his harp. And as onetime thunder in the air frightened away a throng of enemies, while Samuel slew an unweaned lamb as a holocaust to the eternal King, so when the peal of this bell resounds in the clouds may a legion of angels stand watch over the assembly of your Church, the first-fruits of the faithful, and afford your everabiding protection to them in body and spirit (3x). We ask this through you, Jesus Christ, who live and reign with God the Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, forever and ever.
P: To the honor of St. N. (name of the saint/s)
Again the priest signs the blessed bell with the sign of the cross, and departs with his assistants.