The early Christians knew the power of prayer, and repeating powerful words of truth that Jesus gave to the Church.
We are all familiar with the Lord’s prayer, but not many Christians today are familiar with the sacred words and phrases that the early Church used to ward off evil.
Agnus Dei is such a phrase that the early Christians used.
The roman catholic church used to use this phrase, but abandoned it for no good reason.
When we see a picture of a lamb holding a cross, it means Agnus Dei, translated from Latin into English it means Lamb of God.
These words are a powerful weapon in the Christians arsenal. When trouble comes, cry out, “ Agnus Dei”, which means Lamb of God, and the devil will flee, Jesus prevails always.
Prayer of One Who Wears an Agnus Dei
O my Lord Jesus Christ,
the true Lamb who takes away the sins of the world;
by Thy mercy which is infinite, pardon my inquities,
and by Thy Sacred Passion, preserve me this day
from all sin and evil.
I carry about me this holy Agnus Dei in Thy honour,
as a preservative against my own weakness,
and as an incentive to the practice of that meekness, humility, and innocence
which Thou hast taught us.
I offer myself up to Thee as an entire oblation,
and in memory of that Sacrifice of Love
which Thou didst offer for me on the Cross,
and in satisfaction for my sins.
Accept this oblation, I beseech Thee, O my God,
and may it be acceptable to Thee
in the odour of sweetness. Amen.
AGNUS DEI – The Forgotten Sacred Words and Phrases of the early Church.
Holy Water and St. Teresa of Avila
St. Catherine of Sienna a devil disperserShe performed miracles of healing, she expelled demons, she could smell mortal sin in people.
As a child, she would pray “Praise Jesus” on each step as she went up the stairs, and then she would see a vision of Christ in glory.
She travelled through Italy winning hardened souls for Jesus .
In the spirit she saw the whole city full of demons
Catherine’s spiritual fame continued to spread throughout Italy. Wherever she went, she seemed to draw multitudes back to God.
It is said that whole areas would experience a religious revival wherever Catherine preached.
Her sole concern was for the salvation of souls and for this she worked tirelessly.
St. Catherine of Siena deliberately told popes, queens and kings how to behave.
Holy Water and St. Teresa of Avila
Now this knowledge is known by many Christians and they are beginning to use Holy water which they themselves are praying over when they partake of the bread and the wine in their own homes with their own families, not relying on a Pastor or a Priest, for they know the scripture in the Bible that tells them that they are a royal priesthood a Holy nation.
When dangers threaten. The devil hates holy water because of its power over him. He cannot long abide in a place or near a person that is often sprinkled with this blessed water.
St. Teresa of Avila wrote: “From long experience I have learned that there is nothing like holy water to put devils to flight and prevent them from coming back again.
They also flee from the cross, but return; so holy water must have great value. For my own part, whenever I take it, my soul feels a particular and most notable consolation.
In fact, it is quite usual for me to be conscious of a refreshment which I cannot possibly describe, resembling an inward joy which comforts my whole soul.
This is not fancy, or something which has happened to me only once it has happened again and again and I have observed it attentively. It is let us say, as if someone very hot and thirsty were to drink from a jug of cold water: he would feel the refreshment throughout his body.
I often reflect on the great importance of everything ordained by the Church and it makes me very happy to find that those words of the Church are so powerful that they impart their power to the water and make it so very different from water which has not been blessed.”
“One night, too, about this time, I thought the devils were stifling me; and when the nuns had sprinkled a great deal of holy water about I saw a huge crowd of them running away as quickly as though they were about to fling themselves down a steep place.”
“I will only describe something that happened to me one night of All Souls. I was in an oratory: I had said one nocturn and was repeating some very devotional prayers which follow it — they are extremely devotional:
we have them in our office-book — when actually the devil himself alighted on the book, to prevent me from finishing the prayer. I made the sign of the Cross and he went away.I then began again and he came back. I think I began that prayer three times and not until I had sprinkled some holy water on him could I finish it.Keep your soul beautifully pure in God’s sight by making the Sign of the Cross carefully while saying, “By this holy water and by Thy Precious Blood wash away all my sins, O Lord.”