Baptismal Exorcism from the 1549 English Book of Common Prayer

¶ The 1549 Prayer Book contains the following form, to be said by the Priest looking upon the Candidate.  It is appropriate that the sign of the Cross in this form be made upon the forehead of each Candidate with the Oil of Catechumens.  The Exorcism should occur immediately before the reading of the gospel in the baptismal office, or before the giving of hallowed salt if that ceremony be observed before the reading of the gospel.

I COMMAND thee, unclean spirit, in the Name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:  that thou come out and depart from these infants, whom our Lord Jesus Christ hath vouchsafed to call to his holy Baptism, to be made members of his body, and of his holy congregation.  Therefore thou cursed spirit, remember thy sentence, remember thy judgement, remember the day to be at hand wherein thou shalt burn in fire everlasting, prepared for thee and thy angels.  And presume not hereafter to exercise any tyranny towards these infants, whom Christ hath bought with his Precious Blood, and by this holy Baptism calleth to be of his flock.

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