This unique prayer book, compiled and edited by Rev. Yuri McGlinchey, ELU, contains a wealth of Marian themes and texts in a format patterned after the Liturgy of the Hours in honor of her obscure medieval title, the Empress of Hell. Prayers included for Lauds, Vespers, and Compline; with morning Angelic prayers, evening prayers for the Holy Souls in Purgatory, St. Bonaventure’s Psalter of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a unique Rosary devotion, and Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Empress of Hell.
A Prayer for Healing and Protection from Fevers
The below prayer comes from Ancient Christian Magic: Coptic Texts of Ritual Power edited by Marvin W Meyer and Richard Smith. It was originally a long narrow peice of papyrus, folded and tied to be worn easily as an amulet. In this version, the prayer is used a petition paper, for a Southern Folk Magic style mojo bag.
♰ Flee, hateful spirit! Christ pursues you, the son of God and the holy spirit have overtaken you. O God of the sheep-pool, deliver from evil your servant NN whom (mother’s name) bore. ♰ In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. All things where made through Him and without Him was not anything that was made. O Lord, ♰ Christ, son and Word of the living God, who heals every disease and every infirmity, also heal and watch over NN whom (mother’s name) bore, and chase away and banish from them every fever and every evil. Pray through the intercession of our Lady, the Mother of God, and the glorious Archangels, and the holy and glorious apostle and evangelist and theologian John, and St Serenus and St Philoxenos and St Victor and St Justus and all the saints. For your name, O Lord God, have I invoked the name that is wonderful and exceedingly glorious and fearful to your adversaries, Amen ♰
Directions to Prepare the Charm Bag
Soak the paper with 4 Thieves vinegar, praying Pslams 114 and 115 (Psalm 116 in KJV) as you do. Let it dry, write the prayer, praying it aloud as you write it. Fold 3 times toward you (in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit). Put in a flannel bag with dill seed, rosemary and hyssop. Breathe life into the charm bag, asking for protection from disease in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Tie up the bag with 7 knots, attach a cross medal (or alternatively one of Christ, the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Archangel Raphael, St Sebastian or any other saint associated with healing) to the end of the yarn you use to tie off the charm bag. Feed the charm bag with a few drops of Flordia Water, carefully pass the bag through a candle flame to warm it, and then pass through frankincense smoke to fix it. Finally place the completed charm bag under an upturned bowl; dress a white candle with a Blessing or Healing oil, place the candle on top of the bowl and light it. Pray the Rosary, using the Glorious Mysteries; allow the candle and incense to burn themselves out. Carry and sleep with the charm bag for the next 7 days to attune it to you.
Sources: Ancient Christian Magic: Coptic Texts of Ritual Power edited by Marvin W Meyer and Richard Smith
Power and Success With the Pslams by Donna Rose
Hoodoo Herb and Root Magic by Catherine Yronwode
The Art of Making Mojos by Catherine Yronwode
“You should know, reader, that there are many creatures in which sorcery cannot penetrate on account of some prayer they might say everday at bedtime and as they rise.” – True Treasure of Black and White Magic; the Book of St. Cyprian, the Sorcerer’s Treasure translated by José Leitão
The open hours refer to particular moments in the day where the borders between the world of the living and the dead are most tenuous and spirits and demons are free to roam the earth. These hours are the four extreme moments of the daily trajectory of the Sun: Midnight, Sunrise, Midday, Sunset. In traditional folklore, not only do we find that it is at these times most forms of monstrous apparitions and otherworldly visitations appear, but that given their nature they have been traditionally elected as the most favorable for the performance of specific sorceries and maleficas.
The Luciferian Catholic could be said to draw their power from three sources; God, the Dead, and the Devil. As such the prayers for each open hour include one prayer for each.
Traditionally the prayers of the Trinities consist of 3 Hail Marys at Sunrise, to remind the faithful of the annunciation of the Archangel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary, and at Sunset, one third of a Rosary, that is one composed of five Mysteries. As such, we recommend Consecration to the Holy Mother at Sunrise, and the Rosarium Imperatrix Inferni at Sunset.
It is important that we also remember what St. Cyprian admonishes us of in the instructions attributed to him in the working book of Arthur Gauntlet:
“The Master must have firm faith And doubt not his work for he that Doubteth to obtain his petition Prayeth with his Mouth Not his heart.”
New Orisons for the Open Hours
For the Trinities (Sunrise and Sunset)
Prayer of the Open Hours of the Trinity
May the Holiest Trinity
Always accompany my steps,
And open friendly arms to me
In the hours of sorrow.
May the Eternal Father aid me,
And Jesus Bless me.
May the Spirit give me light
Against the Temptations of Hell
May I spend all of my existence
Always practicing good
And the Holiest Trinity
Guide me on Earth.
The Holy Trinity
Accompanies me my whole life,
Let it always keep me,
And have mercy upon my soul;
Oh Eternal Father aid me,
Oh Son bless me;
Oh Holy Spirit touch me
Protection, honor, and virtue;
Never let pride envy me,
Instead of evil let there be good
Accompany me always. Amen
Prayer for the Forgotten Dead
O merciful God, take pity on those souls who have no particular friends and intercessors to recommend them to Thee, who, either through the negligence of those who are alive, or through length of time are forgotten
by their friends and by all. Spare them, O Lord, and remember Thine own mercy, when others forget to appeal to it. Let not the souls which Thou hast created be parted from thee, their Creator.
May the souls of all the departed,
through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
Prayer of the Open Hour of Midday
Oh Virgin of the Holy Heavens,
Mother of our Redeemer,
Who, among women, holdest the palm,
Bring joy to my soul,
That moans filled with grief;
And come and place on my lips
Words of pure love.
In the name of the God of the worlds,
And also in the name of the Beloved Son,
Where the supreme goodness resides,
Always be praised
In this blessed hour. Amen.
Prayer for the Souls in Purgatory
O gentle Heart of Jesus, ever present in the Blessed Sacrament, ever consumed with burning love for the poor captive souls in Purgatory, have mercy on them. Be not severe in Your judgments, but let some drops of Your Precious Blood fall upon the devouring flames. And, Merciful Savior, send Your angels to conduct them to a place of refreshment, light and peace. Amen.
Prayer for the Open Hour of Midnight
Oh angel of my guard,
In this hour of terror,
Free me from terrible visions
Of the terrifying Devil;
Let God make my soul alert
From the dangers of temptation,
Away from me all bad dreams
And the oppressions of the heart.
Oh angel of my guard,
Ask the Virgin Mother on my behalf
To keep me from danger
While I live. Amen
Prayer for la Anima Sola
O languishing soul! The loneliest and most abandoned soul of Purgatory! I feel thy pain, I feel compassion upon hearing thy moaning and suffering, abandoned in this hard penitence, and I wish to relieve thy suffering and longing by offering thee all the good and decent works I may perform during my life, and all the pains I have endured, endure now and will endure in this life, so as thy faults may be paid to God and He may give thee His grace, and I hope that thou will do me the great help of requesting that His light clear my judgement so as I may follow His law, loving Him above all things and my fellow man like unto myself, so as in that way I may deserve His divine majesty and infinite mercy and salvation. Amen.
At Each Open Hour
The Prayer of the True Grimoire
ASTRACHIOS, ASAC, ASACRA, BEDRIMULAEL, SILAT, ARABONAS, IERAHLEM, IDEODOC, ARCHARZEL, ZOPHIEL, BLAUTEL, BARACATA, ADONAI, ELOHIM, EMAGRO, ABRAGATEH, SAMOEL, GEBURAHEL, CADATO, ERA, ELOHI, ACHSAH, EBMISHA, IMACHADEL, DANIEL, DAMA, ELAMOS, IZACHEL, BAEL, SCIRLIN; GENIU DOMOS!
O Lord God, Who art seated above the heavens and Who regardest the Abysses beneath, grant unto me Thy Grace I beesech Thee so that what I conceive in my mind, I may accomplish in my work: through Thee O God, the Sovereign Ruler of All, Who liveth and reigneth unto the Ages of Ages. Amen.
Commentary on the New Orisons
The Prayers of the Open Hours are sourced from O Grande livro de S. Cypriano ou thesouro do feitceiro as translated by José Leitão and are the inspiration behind this post. In his commentary to the book, José notes that given the place where these prayers are presented in the Book, that he believes they are meant to be practiced on a daily basis as so one may be spiritual fit and protected for the orisons and exorcisms that follow.
The Prayer for the Devil is from the Grimorium Verum, and is an interpretive reconstruction by Jake Stratton-Kent. Jake notes that this prayer is absolutely central to the system, intended to be recited multiple times a day in the lead up to the ritual conjurations. The times stated for these recitations are the open hours and are thus included here.
The Prayers for the Dead and Anima Sola The importance of these prayers is anchored in the traditional Roman Catholic eschatology that many of the Dead await the end times in Purgatory, stuck there until the remission of their sins or the second death of eternal damnation on the day of Judgement. Prayers said on the behalf of the souls in purgatory are a good work and show the virtue of caritas. The traditional prayer for anima sola contains an interesting clause and condition, that all the good works and prayers of the one praying it be given to the loneliest soul in Purgatory, thus essentially promising Anima Sola that you will take their place, but on the condition that once elevated that soul would extend prayers to God on your behalf. As we ask the saints to pray for us, now and in the hour of our death, so do we ask that of the rest of the Dead, whether in Heaven or in Purgatory.
For a deeper understanding of why this would be of benefit to a goetic sorcerer or Marian diabolist, we turn again to the Book of Saint Cyprian. Under the heading “Why God permits that the Devil torments His creatures” we find eleven reasons, the final is the most appropriate to this topic:
“So that these creatures may have their Purgatory in this world, and be confounded, seeing as from their evil so much good can be accomplished.” Occult Powers; the Book of St. Cyprian, the Sorcerer’s Treasure translated by José Leitão
These things together imply that prayers said on behalf of the Dead, whether known, forgotten or lone, preserve the soul of the sorcerer against the dangers their work exposes them to, because the very nature of their work, the conjuring and pacting with infernal spirits subjects them to the pains of Purgatory in this life. Thus irregardless of having given up their good works to the soul of another, they may still in good faith work towards their own salvation by the torments of the Devil.
“My children,” Mary seems to say, “when the enemy assails you, fly to me. Cast your eyes on me, and be of good heart. Since I am your defender, victory is assured to you.” In this way, turning to Mary is a most secure means to conquer all the assaults of hell. For she is even the queen of hell and sovereign mistress of the demons, since she is the one who tames and crushes them. St. Bernardine of Siena expresses the thought this way: “The most Blessed Virgin rules over the regions of hell. She is therefore called the ruling mistress of the demons, because she brings them into subjection.” —St. Alphonsus Liguori, The Glories of Mary
This is a version of the Holy Rosary I employ as a devotion for Maria as Empress of Hell, which replaces the Credo with the oldest surviving Marian prayer, Sub tuum praesidium (Beneath Thy Protection). While some may see this as heretical, I don’t particularly see it as a heresy, if anything it makes it more Marian. The Sub Tuum also predates the Credo. The rosary as we have it now went through centuries of change. It’s no more heretical than using the rosary as another chaplet for which there are many. The goal when constructing this devotion was to make it applicible to both orthodox Marian devotees as well as goetic sorcerers.
How can devotion to Mary be of use to the goetic sorcerer? For this I turn to my friend and practitioner of Marian diablerie, Maria Miles.
Not only does the Glorious Virgin provide refuge from the attacks of the spirits, but unconditional forgiveness for those who fall into sin by trafficking with them. We find this in the account of Saint Theophilus the Penitent, whose tale is traditionally attributed to have inspired the legends of Faust and his pact with the Devil. Her threefold ability to dominate evil spirits, protect and absolve those who invoke them make her the quintessential patron of any who practices Goetia. Given this knowledge of her, it makes sense what is said by Pope Honorius (in the Grimorie of Honorius) that the eves of her feast days, nineteen in all, are most propitious for the conjuring and binding of devils.
Her mystic title of Door is just as meaningful, as the liminality inherent in this title is vital to the calling forth and the manifestation of spirits in the Goetic arts. The use of the rosary for me is tied to initiating trance states where I am able to perceive and communicate with spirits more effectively by enhancing my mediumistic talents. Her association with the Moon, whose sphere disseminates the rays and virtues of the other six planets upon the sublunar Earth, is another demonstration of her title of Porta Coeli, or Gate of Heaven. The moon likewise is the only planet of primary import and consideration in the planning of conjurations, and whose timing is vital to Goetic praxis.
Mary can be appealed to when a pact has gone wrong or been unfulfilled, her aspect of Undoer of Knots being called upon for intercession when a sorcerer has become too entangled in their workings.
To the witch and practitioner of Marian Diablerie, it is an important key to remember that Christ is but a hollow mask for the spirits of Infernus. There is no image more famous or more adequate a synecdoche for human suffering than that of the crucified Christ. For this reason, that image is beloved by these spirits for misery is their sustenance, but Mary is the root and gate of this mystery. Just as she is mother of us all, so is she a mother to Devils. Mater Lamiae, radix et porta Inferni et Coeli.
Rosarium Imperatrix Inferni
Begin by making the Sign of the Cross
In Nomine Patris, et Filii, et Spiritus Sancti. Amen.
On the Cross – Sub tuum praesidium
Sub tuum praesidium confugimus,
Sancta Dei Genetrix. Nostras deprecationes ne despicias in necessitatibus nostris, sed a periculis cunctis libera nos semper, Virgo gloriosa et benedicta.
On the Lone Beads – Pater Noster
Pater Noster, qui es in cælis, sanctificetur nomen tuum. Adveniat regnum tuum. Fiat voluntas tua, sicut in cælo et in terra. Panem nostrum quotidianum da nobis hodie. Et dimitte nobis debita nostra, sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris. Et ne nos inducas in tentationem, sed libera nos a malo. Amen.
On the grouped beads – Ave Imperatrix Inferni
Ave Maria, Mater Domini Nostri,
Regina Cœli, Domina Mundi, et Imperatrix Inferni. Dona Nobis Pacem, Nunc et in Hora Mortis Nostrae.
De Mysteriis Imperatrix Inferni
I – Adam Novam videndum in Calvariae loco
II – Corpus ipsius portandum ad sepulcrum et in inferno imponendum eum
III – Videndum super sepulcrum vincendum ipsius
IV – Ipsius liberatae peccato dormiscendum
V – Ipsam coronandum Novam Evam
End with the Memorare
Memorare, O piissima Virgo Maria, non esse auditum a saeculo, quemquam ad tua currentem praesidia, tua implorantem auxilia, tua petentem suffragia, esse derelictum. Ego tali animatus confidentia, ad te, Virgo Virginum, Mater, curro, ad te venio, coram te gemens peccator assisto. Noli, Mater Verbi, verba mea despicere; sed audi propitia et exaudi. Amen.
The Sign of the Cross
In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Sub tuum praesidium
Under thy protection we seek refuge, O Holy Mother of God;
In our needs, despise not our petitions,
but deliver us always from all dangers,
O Glorious and Blessed Virgin.
Ave Imperatrix Inferni
Hail Mary, Mother of Our Lord,
Queen of Heaven, Lady of the World, and Empress of Hell.
Grant us peace, now and at the hour of our death.
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly to thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother; to thee do I come; before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.
The Mysteries of the Empress of Hell
1.) Beholding the New Adam on the Hill of the Skull
2.) Bearing his Body to the Sepulcher and placing him in Hell
3.) Witnessing his Triumph from the Grave
4.) Her Falling Asleep free from Sin
5.) Her Crowning as the New Eve
Latin translation of the Mysteries and the Ave Imperatrix Inferni prayer were graciously provided by the Church of Light & Shadow. The Ave Imperatrix Inferni is based on the Antiphon from the Saltair Mhuire (as previously featured here), and the traditional Hail Mary.
This post inspired by Michael Lux’s article on the rosary, wherein he comments that he is unaware of any particular pietistic practice associated with Mary’s role as Queen of Hell. This rosary aims to address that.
Ave Maria mater Domini nostri Iesus Christi regina cœli domina mundi imperatrix inferni misere mei & totius populi Christiani Amen.
–Antiphon from the Saltair Mhuire, attributed to Domhnall Albannach Ó Troighthigh, in manuscript dated 1477.
Hail Mary, mother of our Lord Jesus Christ, Queen of Heaven, Lady of the World, Empress of Hell, have mercy on me and the whole of Christian people.
To speak of Mary as Empress of Hell may sound surprising and even confusing. But St. Alphonsus explains.
“Not only is the most Blessed Virgin the queen of heaven and of all saints. She is also queen of hell and of all evil spirits. For she overcame them valiantly by her virtues. From the very beginning God foretold the victory and empire that our queen would one day gain over the serpent, when he announced to him that a woman would come into the world to conquer him: “I will put enmity between you and the woman. . . . She will crush your head” (Gn 3:15). And who could this woman, his enemy, be but Mary, who by her fair humility and holy life always conquered him and beat down his strength?”
The most famous and enduring example of this, and possibly the source of the Queen of Heaven/Empress of Hell dichotomous terminology, is variations on the Theophilus legend. This is especially interesting because Theophilus is the forerunner to one Herr Doktor Faustus. In this legend/miracle story, Theophilus makes a transaction with the devil for the rights to his soul. Near death, he comes to regret his decision, and begs Mary to help him. As Mary is infinitely merciful, she does. She girds her loins for battle, descends into hell, and steals back the charter conveying Theophilus’ soul to the devil!
Possibly the most interesting part of this miracle story is Mary’s mission to hell is portrayed as warfare. The tales evoke the devil’s anger, and use language of violence and theft to describe Mary’s actions. In her guise as empress of hell–that is, more powerful even than Satan–she is not the mother of mercy, she is the “queen of vengeance.”