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June 15, 2006


j dretzka

I believe the book you are talking about is this one...
Hostage to the Devil: The Possession and Exorcism of Five Contemporary Americans
The author being Malachi Martin.
Maybe I'm too cynical but I think books like this are written to scare people into becoming devout Catholics. That's just my gut talking. Or it could just be the demon in my gut talking.
Not that I can explain the phenomena of demon possesion, or anything.

Brian Turner

There's also a bunch of A.A. Allen exorcisms from the 2 CDs WFMU's library has, you can hear 'em in our archives played on assorted shows if you go to the search engine on the homepage.

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Richard C. August

Having listened to these mp3 files, I can agree with the author that this album is definitely a flea market/garage sale classic that likely should have stayed in the garage. Though the album does invoke the Tri-Une Name of God (God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit), and does glorify God by showing that God is a healing and creative force, the album is a farce for three reasons:

1. The ritual used may be based on the Rite of Exorcism, but it is not based on the current Rites; first of all, two priests must be present to serve the Exorcism Mass, while others present are praying. This way, if one priest is spiritually or emotionally weakening, the other priest is present and can take over. Only one actual ordained priest is stated in the recording. The Litany of the Saints is also recited at the beginning of the Exorcism; it is averted here. However, the Gospel readings are preserved here in very modern English, though the "Our Father" is mistranslated for poetic license.

2. The recording is clearly staged and is not a real exorcism at all. It is clearly a studio engineered recording, as a real exorcism normally involves far more spontaneous activity from the victim, including vomiting, violent attacks on the priests and their furniture, blood issues, intense heat followed by intense sudden cold, and other unpleasant supernatural events.

3. Two of the sections of music used during the priest's invocation are from Gustav Holst's The Planets, where Holst writes the music to characterize the Greek mythological characters who are the planets' namesakes. The first was from "Mars, the Bringer of War," and the second was from "Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age." The music then switches to that of J. S. Bach, who was very decidedly a Christian and made no issue about that -- as a matter of fact, he wrote the Latin phrase "Soli Deo Gloria" ("Glory to God Alone")on manuscripts of all of his music.

This was very clearly issued by the Famous Music Corporation of New York City, under its now defunct CRUNCH label whose name was taken up by a third party in the United Kingdom some 30 years later, to capitalize on William Peter Blatty's "The Exorcist" movie craze.

By the way, speaking of EXORCISMS, Max von Sydow, who portrayed the elder priest in "Exorcist," has the distinction of being the only actor to portray Jesus Christ ("The Greatest Story Ever Told"), a priest ("Exorcist"), and Satan ("Needful Things.").

Cheesiness aside, this record is about as frightening as Bobby Pickett's "The Original Monster Mash," but at least it piques people's interest in the subject of something extremely real, being spiritual warfare.

(Eph 6:12) For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, and against the worldly gouernours, the princes of the darkenesse of this worlde, against spirituall wickednesses, which are in ye hie places.

The Geneva Bible, Ephesians 6:12.

Note well that this album was released at a time when Christian book publishers had been publishing anti-occult and exorcism literature in droves in response to Blatty and the film, and the album cover quotes from a priest who is still serving the Mass but is generally considered to be a fringe element.

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