Blessings for Salt, Water, Oil, Chalk, Candles

I am often asked, “Why do you advocate the use of ‘only’ exorcised salt, water and oil. Why not ‘simply blessed’ or ‘anointed’?” I use them for exorcism because the “exorcised” salt, water and oil cannot be ‘co-opted’ for use in other, “Non” or “Semi” Christian rituals. There would be no reason or desire for anyone dealing with demonic or negative entities to use something which carries an exorcism blessing within it. By it’s very nature, after being exorcised, anyone wanting to use it for any purpose than to glorify God would not even touch it without extreme discomfort, nor would they want to be anywhere near it. It cannot be used in rituals to summon entities or curse objects or any number of other nefarious practices. It is safe and it is what it is, God’s weapon against the darkness and evil.

Ordinary holy, blessed or anointed salt, water and oil have been used by practitioners of other religions or belief systems in rituals or other practices all over the world as Catholicism was evangelized. Those practitioners that emanate from positive religions or systems use these items with respect, but those that are not operating with positive intention are able to utilize these items for many other ‘interpretative’ reasons and purposes that may be very dark indeed. Not everyone welcomed the Church and many practitioners of pagan beliefs utilized these very sacramentals against the Church or it’s influence. Perhaps they believed that by using them to pursue their own desires negated the influence of the Church by defiling the sacramentals themselves. I don’t really know what they were thinking, but I do know the power of true Christian prayer over these sacramentals and how it changes the crystalline structure of water, in particular. I don’t believe they can actually negate the holiness of blessed water unless they do another ritual to accomplish their goals. But I do know that once the exorcism blessing is prayed over holy water, oil and salt, the structure of God’s power cannot be manipulated or negated.

Exorcised salt, water and oil exorcised by a truly Apostolic hands-on ordained minister, pastor or priest carries a firm exorcism blessing and cannot be manipulated to do anything else but exorcise that which is contrary or offensive to God.

I would suggest that you “print this page” and take it with you to your pastor, minister or priest if you want these blessings said over your water, oil, salt and chalk. They do not always have these prayers readily at hand and will usually only pray the normal blessing instead. Even though these prayers were first written formally by the Roman Catholic Church, any ordained minister may use these prayers, as they were originated by the early church fathers for apostolic use.
The + sign means making the sign of the cross with your right hand in the air or your thumb when applying to a surface, including the body.

Blessing and Exorcism Prayers for Salt, Water, Oil, Chalk and Candles Sacramentals in both English and Latin:

(Chalk blessing may be used for washable crayons and markers as well)
(All Exorcism prayers are taken verbatim from the old, pre Vatican II, Roman Catholic “Rituale Romanum” prayer book, thoughtfully placed online in the EWTN Library.)

EXORCISM OF SALT IN ENGLISH (Exorcised Salt is necessary for the Exorcism of Water)

O salt, creature of God, I exorcize you by the living (+) God, by the true (+) God, by the holy (+) God, by the God who ordered you to be poured into the water by Elisha the prophet, so that its life-giving powers might be restored. I exorcize you so that you may become a means of salvation for believers, that you may bring health of soul and body to all who make use of you, and that you may put to flight and drive away from the places where you are sprinkled; every apparition, villainy, turn of devilish deceit, and every unclean spirit; adjured by him who will come to judge the living and the dead and the world by fire.

Almighty and everlasting God, we humbly implore you, in your immeasurable kindness and love, to bless (+) this salt which you created and gave to the use of mankind, so that it may become a source of health for the minds and bodies of all who make use of it. May it rid whatever it touches or sprinkles of all uncleanness, and protect it from every assault of evil spirits. Through Christ our Lord.

V Adjutórium nostrum in nómine Dómini.

Qui fecit caelum et terram.
Deinde absolute incipit exorcismum salis

Exorzio te, creatura salis, per Deum + vivum, per Deum + verum, per Deum + sanctum, per Deum, qui te per Eliseum Prophetam in aquam mitti jussit, ut sanaretur sterilitas aquae: ut efficiaris sal exorcizatum in salutem credentium; et sis ómnibus sumentibus te sanitas animae et córporis; et effugiat, atque discedat a loco, in quo aspersum fueris, omnis phantasia, et nequitia, vel versutia diabólicae fraudis, omnisque spiritus immundus, adjuratus per eum, qui venturus est judicare vivos et mórtuos, et saeculum per ignem.


Oremus. Immensam clementiam tuam, omnipotens aeterne Deus, humiliter imploramus, ut hanc creaturarn salis, quam in usum generis humani tribuisti, bene+dicere et sancti+ficare tua pietate digneris: ut sit ómnibus sumentibus salus mentis et córporis; et quidquid ex eo tactum veI respersum fuerit, careat omni immunditia, omnique impugnatióne spiritalis nequitiae. Per Dóminum nostrum Jesum Christum, qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritu Sancti Deus per omnia secula seculorum.


O water, creature of God, I exorcize you in the name of God the Father (+) Almighty, and in the name of Jesus (+) Christ His Son, our Lord, and in the power of the Holy (+) Spirit. I exorcize you so that you may put to flight all the power of the enemy, and be able to root out and supplant that enemy with his apostate angels, through the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will come to judge the living and the dead and the world by fire. Amen.

O God, for the salvation of mankind, you built your greatest mysteries on this substance, water. In your kindness, hear our prayers and pour down the power of your blessing (+) into this element, made ready for many kinds of purifications. May this, your creature, become an agent of divine grace in the service of your mysteries, to drive away evil spirits and dispel sickness, so that everything in the homes and other buildings of the faithful that is sprinkled with this water, may be rid of all uncleanness and freed from every harm. Let no breath of infection and no disease-bearing air remain in these places. May the wiles of the lurking enemy prove of no avail. Let whatever might menace the safety and peace of those who live here be put to flight by the sprinkling of this water, so that the health obtained by calling upon your holy name, may be made secure against all attack.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen

(Pour exorcised salt into the water, in the form of a cross)

May a mixture of salt and water now be made, in the name of the Father, and of the (+) Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

O God, Creator unconquerable, invincible King, Victor ever glorious, you hold in check the forces bent on dominating us. You overcome the cruelty of the raging enemy, and in your power you beat down the wicked foe. Humbly and fearfully do we pray to you, O Lord, and we ask you to look with favor on this salt and water which you created. Shine on it with the light of your kindness. Sanctify it by the dew of your love, so that, through the invocation of your holy name, wherever this water and salt is sprinkled, it may turn aside every attack of the unclean spirit, and dispel the terrors of the poisonous serpent. And wherever we may be, make the Holy Spirit present to us, who now implore your mercy. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Exorcismus aquae: et dicitur absolute:

Exorcizo te, creatura aquae, in nómine Dei + Patris omnipótentis, et in nómine Jesu + Christi Filii ejus  Dómini nostri, et in virtute Spiritus + Sancti: ut fias aqua exorcizata ad effugandam omnem potestatem inimici, et ipsum inimicum eradicare et explantare valeas cum angelis suis apostaticis per virtutem ejusdem Dómini nostri Jesu Christi: qui venturus est judicare vivos et mórtuos, et saeculum per ignem.


Oremus Deus, qui ad salutem humani  generis, maxima quaeque sacramenta in aquarum substantia condidisti: adesto propitius invocatiónibus nostris, et elemento huic multimodis purificatiónibus praeparato, virtutem tuae bene+dictiónibus infunde: ut creatura tua, mysteriis tuis serviens, ad abigendos daemones, morbósque pellendos, divinae gratiae sumat effectum; ut quidquid in dómibus, vel in locis fidelium, haec unda resperserit, careat omni immunditia, Iiberetur a noxa: non illic resideat spiritus pestilens, non aura corrumpens: discedant omnes insidiae latentis inimici; et si quid est, quod aut incolumitati habitantium invidet, aut quieti, aspersióne hujus aquae effugiat: ut salubritas per invocationem sancti tui nóminis expetita, ab ómnibus sit impugnatiónibus defensa. Per Dóminum nostrum Jesum Christum, qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritu Sancti Deus per omnia secula seculorum.

Hic ter mittat sal in aquam in modum crucis, dicendo semel:Commixtio salis et aquae pariter fiat, in nómine Pa+tris, et Fi+lii, et Spiritus + Sancti.
R. Amen.
V Dóminus vobiscum.
R.. Et cum spiritu tuo.


Oremus. Deus, invictae virtutis auctor, et insuperabilis imperii Rex, ac semper magnificus triumphator: qui adversae dominatiónis vires reprimis: qui inimici rugientis saevitiam superas: qui hostiles nequitias potenter expugnas: te, Dómine, tremóntes et supplices deprecamur, ac petimus: ut hanc creaturam salis et aquae dignanter aspicias, benignus illustres, pietatis tuae rore sanctifices; ut, ubicumque fuerit aspersa, per invocationem sancti nóminis tui, omnis infestatio immundi spiritus abigatur: terrórque vevenósi serpentis procul pellatur: et praesentia Sancti Spiritus nobis, misericórdiam tuam poscentibus, ubique adesse dignetur. Per Dóminum nostrum Jesum Christum Filium tuum: Qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitate ejusdem Spiritus Sancti Deus, per ómnia saecula saeculorum.


O oil, creature of God, I exorcize you by God the Father (+) almighty, who made heaven and earth and sea, and all that they contain. Let the adversary’s power, the devil’s legions, and all of Satan’s attacks and machinations be dispelled and driven far from this creature, oil. Let it bring health in body and mind to all who use it, in the name of God (+) the Father almighty, and of our Lord Jesus (+) Christ, His Son, and of the Holy (+) Spirit, as well as in the love of the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who is coming to judge both the living and the dead and the world by fire.

Lord God almighty, before whom the hosts of angels stand in awe, and whose heavenly service we acknowledge; may it please you to regard favorably and to bless (+) and hallow (+) this creature, oil, which by your power has been pressed from the juice of olives. You have ordained it for anointing the sick, so that, when they are made well, they may give thanks to you, the living and true God. Grant we pray, that those who will use this oil, which we are blessing (+) in your name, may be protected from every attack of the unclean spirit, and be delivered from all suffering, all infirmity, and all wiles of the enemy. Let it be a means of averting any kind of adversity from man, redeemed by the precious blood of your Son, so that he may never again suffer the sting of the ancient serpent. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

(Priest sprinkles the oil with holy water)


Adjutótium nostrum in nómine Dómini.
R. Qui fecit caelum et terram.Exorcismus
Exorcizo te, creatura ólei, per Deum + Patrem omnipotentem, qui fecit caelum et terram, mare, et ómnia, quae in eis sunt. Omnis virtus adversarii, omnis exercitus diaboli, et omnis incursus, omne phantasma satanae eradicare, et effugare ab hac creatura ólei, ut fiat ómnibus, qui eo usuri sunt, salus mentis et córporis, in nómine Dei + Patris mnipotentis, et Jesu + Christi Filii ejus Dómini nostri, et Spiritus + Sancti Paracliti, et in caritate ejusdem  Dómini nostri Jesu Christi, qui venturus est judicare vivos et mórtuos, et saeculum per ignem.


Oremus. Dómine Deus omnipotens, cui astat exercitus Angelórum cum tremóre, quorum servitium spirituale cognóscitur, dignare respicere, bene+dicere, et sancti+ficare hanc creaturam ólei, quam ex olivarum succo eduxisti, et ex eo infirmos inungi mandasti, quatenus sanitate percepta, tibi Deo vivo et vero gratias agerent: praesta, quaesumus; ut hi, qui hoc óleo, quod in tuo nómine bene+dicimus, usi fuerint, ab omni languóre, omnique infirmitate, atque cunctis insidiis inimici liberentur, et cunctae adversitates separentur a plasmate tuo, quod pretióso sanguine Filii tui redemisti, ut numquam laedatur a morsu antiqui serpentis.
Per eumdem Dóminum nostrum Jesum Christum Filium tuum: Qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus Sancti Deus, per ómnia saecula saeculórum.

Et aspergatur aqua benedicta.


(Priest vests in surplice and purple stole)

  1. Our help is in the name of the Lord.
    R. Who made heaven and earth.

P: The Lord be with you.
R: May He also be with you.

P: O candles, I exorcise you in the name of God (+) the Father Almighty, in the name of Jesus (+) Christ his Son, our Lord, and in the name of the Holy (+) Spirit. May God uproot and cast out from these objects, all power of the devil, all attacks of the unclean spirit, and all deceptions of Satan, so that they may bring health of mind and body to all who use them. We ask this through the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is coming to judge both the living and the dead and the world by fire.

R: Amen


Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, bless these candles at our lowly request. Endow them, Lord, by the power of the Holy (+) Cross, with a blessing from on high, you who gave them to mankind in order to dispel darkness. Let the blessing that they receive from the sign of the holy + cross be so effectual that, wherever they are lighted or placed, the princes of darkness may depart in trembling from all these places, and flee in fear, along with all their legions, and never more dare to disturb or molest those who serve you, the almighty God, who live and reign forever and ever. Amen

Also used to bless washable crayons or markers used to Bless Your Home:

This blessing is very powerful and will stop all activity from human ghosts in purgatory, or entities other than demons within a circumference of 20 feet of where this blessing is written

Chalk for each family is also blessed so that they may mark the names of the three Magi over their doors, as a witness of their faith and protection against evil. This blessing is from the older version of the Roman Ritual.


“O Lord God, bless this Thy creature chalk that it may be used for the salvation of the human race. Through the invocation of Thy most Holy Name grant that whoever shall take of this chalk and write with it upon the doors of his house the names of Thy saints, Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar, may through their merits and intercession receive health of body and protection of soul. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.”

or this prayer may be said:

“Loving God, bless this chalk which you have created, that it may be helpful to your people; and grant that through the invocation of your most Holy Name all those who with it write the names of your saints, Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar, may receive health of body and protection of soul for all who dwell in the homes where this chalk is used, we make this prayer through Jesus the Christ. Amen.”

The initials of the Magi are then inscribed upon the inside of the doors with the blessed chalk.

(The initials, C, M, B, can also be interpreted as the Latin phrase “Christus mansionem benedicat which means “Christ bless this house”.) This blessing is usually done at Epiphany around the first part of each new year, but can actually be done at any time to bless your home.

20 + C + M + B + 16  (the +  is the symbol for the sign of the cross) (the 20 and 16 signify the year as this blessing is redone each year. In January of 2016 you will write 20 + C + M + B + 16.

Write this inscription on your doors after blessing your home with holy water and saying the House blessing prayer found above. Frankincense may also be used to cense the home before writing the blessing on the doors. (Frankincense is an incense that is placed upon charcoal that has been lit. The smoldering charcoal will cause the incense to smoke, thereby cleansing the home of negativity.)

This is a very powerful blessing for your home. Please consider using it on all doors if you have what I call “localized” spirit haunting or incidents that confine themselves to small areas, such as a single room, hallway or stairway. You can, in fact, write this on every door in your home or property if you are unsure of the origin of the activity.


Prayers in Latin courtesy of . Thank you.