This translation of the Grimoire of Pope Honorius is found in A. Waite's Book of Ceremonial Magic. The person who desires to invoke the perverse "Spirits of Darkness" must observe a three days' fast; he must also confess and approach the Holy Altar. After these three days, upon the morrow, and at the hour of sunrise, he shall recite the Seven Gradual Psalms, with the accompanying Litanies and Prayers, the whole on his knees; further, he must drink no wine and eat no meat on that day. Next, he shall rise at midnight on the first Monday of the month, and a priest shall say a Mass of the Holy Ghost.
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This translation of the Grimoire of Pope Honorius is found in A. Waite's Book of Ceremonial Magic. The person who desires to invoke the perverse "Spirits of Darkness" must observe a three days' fast; he must also confess and approach the Holy Altar. After these three days, upon the morrow, and at the hour of sunrise, he shall recite the Seven Gradual Psalms, with the accompanying Litanies and Prayers, the whole on his knees; further, he must drink no wine and eat no meat on that day.
Next, he shall rise at midnight on the first Monday of the month, and a priest shall say a Mass of the Holy Ghost.
After the consecration, taking the Host in his left hand, he shall recite the following prayer on his knees:. Thou who for the salvation of all mankind didst suffer the death of the Cross; Thou who, before being abandoned to Thine enemies, by an impulse of ineffable love didst institute the Sacrament of thy Body; Thou who hast vouchsafed to us miserable creatures the privilege of making daily commemoration thereof; do Thou deign unto thine unworthy servant, thus holding thy Living Body in his hands, all strength and ability for the profitable application of that power with which he has been entrusted against the horde of rebellious spirits.
Jesus, be Thou my help, now and for ever! After sunrise a black cock must be killed, the first feather of its left wing being plucked and preserved for use at the required time. The eyes must be torn out, and so also the tongue and heart; these must be dried in the sun and afterwards reduced to powder. The remains must be interred at sunset in a secret place, a cross of a palm in height being set upon the mound, while at each of the four corners the signs which here follow must be drawn with the thumb:.
On Tuesday , at break of day, let him say a Mass of the Angels, placing the feather taken from the bird upon the altar, together with a new penknife. The signs hereinafter represented must be inscribed on a sheet of clean paper with the consecrated wine which is the Blood of Jesus Christ:. They should be written upon the altar, and at the end of the Mass the paper should be folded in a new veil of violet silk, to be concealed on the morrow, together with the oblation of the Mass and a part of the consecrated Host.
On the evening of Thursday the operator must rise at midnight, and, having sprinkled holy water about the chamber, he must light a taper of yellow wax, which shall have been prepared on the Wednesday and pierced in the form of a cross.
When it is lighted he shall recite Psalm lxxvii. He shall recite Matins and Lauds, but in place of the versicle of the ninth Lesson 1 he shall say:. Deliver us, O Lord, from the fear of hell. Let not the demons destroy my soul when I shall raise them from the deep pit, when I shall command them to do my will. May the day be bright, may the sun and moon shine forth, when I shall call upon them.
Terrible of aspect are they, deformed and horrible to sight; but do Thou restore unto them their angelic shapes when I shall impose my will upon them. O Lord deliver me from those of the dread visage, and grant that they shall be obedient when I shall raise them up from hell, when I shall impose my will upon them.
After the "Office of the Dead" the operator shall extinguish the taper, and at sunrise shall cut the throat of a male lamb of nine days, taking care that the blood does not gush forth upon the earth. He shall skin the lamb, and shall cast its tongue and heart into the fire. The fire must be freshly kindled, and the ashes shall be preserved for use at the proper time.
The skin of the lamb shall be spread in the middle of a field, and for the space of nine days shall be sprinkled four times every day with holy water. On the tenth day, before the rising of the sun , the lambskin shall be covered with the ashes of the heart and tongue, and with the ashes also of the cock, after sunset, the flesh of the lamb shall be interred in a secret place where no bird can come, and the priest with his right thumb shall inscribe on the grave the characters here indicated:.
Moreover, for the space of three days he shall sprinkle the four corners with holy water , saying: Sprinkle me, O Lord, with hyssop, and I shall be cleansed! Wash me, and I shall be made whiter than snow! After the aspersion let him recite the following prayer, kneeling with his face towards the east. Christ Jesus, Redeemer of men, who, being the Lamb without spot, wast immolated for the salvation of the human race, who alone wast found worthy to open the Book of Life, impart such virtue to this lambskin that it may receive the signs which we shall trace thereon, written with Thy blood, so that the figures, signs, and words may become efficacious; and grant that this skin may preserve us against the wiles of the demons; that they may be terrified at the sight of these figures, and may only approach them trembling.
Through Thee, Jesus Christ, who livest and reignest through all ages. So be it. Immolated Lamb, grant favour and strength unto the binding of the Rebellious Spirits.
The lambskin shall be stretched for eighteen days, and on the nineteenth day the fleece shall be removed, reduced into powder, and interred in the same place. The word vellus shall be written above it with the finger, together with the following character and the words: May this which hath been reduced into ashes preserve against the demons through the name of Jesus.
Lastly, on the eastern side, the said skin must be set to dry in the sun for three days, the ensuing characters being cut with a new knife :. Then make another figure as follows.
And recite Psalm cxv. Finally, on the last day of the month a Mass for the Dead shall be offered; the prose shall be omitted, and also the Gospel of St. The Seventy-two Sacred Names of God. Hereinafter follow the three small pentacles of Solomon , and that of the Gospel of St.
Thanks be to God. Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is He who cometh in the Name of the Lord. Hosanna in the Highest. We invoke Thee. We adore Thee. We praise Thee. We glorify Thee, O blessed and glorious Trinity! May the Name of the Lord be blessed, now and henceforth for ever!
May Christ conquer, reign, command, and defend me from all evil. I conjure thee, Evil and Accursed Serpent, N.. I exorcise thee by the ineffable names of God , to wit, Gog and Magog, which I am unworthy to pronounce; Come hither, Conic hither, Come hither. Accomplish my will and desire, without wile or falsehood.
Otherwise St. Michael, the invisible Archangel , shall presently blast thee in the utmost depths of hell. Come, then, N. Why tarriest thou, and why delayest? What doest thou? Behold the Pentacle of Solomon which I have brought into thy presence! Hasten, fulfil my behests, without wile or falsehood, but in all truth, in the name of the Saviour and Redeemer, Jesus Christ. Go in peace unto your places. May there be peace between us and you, and be ye ready to come when ye are called. Praise, honour, glory, and blessing be unto Him who sitteth upon the throne, who liveth for ever and ever.
I conjure thee, O Book, to be useful and profitable unto all who shall have recourse to thee for the success of their affairs.
I conjure thee anew, by the virtue of the Blood of Jesus Christ, contained daily in the chalice, to be serviceable unto all those who shall read thee. I conjure and command you, O Spirits, all and so many as ye are, to accept this Book with good grace, so that whensoever we may read it, the same being approved and recognised as in proper form and valid, you shall be constrained to appear in comely human form when you are called, accordingly as the reader shall judge.
In no circumstances shall you make any attempt upon the body, soul, or spirit of the reader, nor inflict any harm on those who may accompany him, either by mutterings, tempests, noise, scandals, nor yet by lesion or by hindrance in the execution of the commands of this Book.
I conjure you to appear immediately when the conjuration is made, to execute without dallying all that is written and enumerated in its proper place in the said book. You shall obey, serve, instruct, impart, and perform all in your power for the benefit of those who command you, and the whole without illusion.
If ye obey me not, I will force you to abide in torments for a thousand years, as also if any one of you receive not this Book with entire resignation to the will of the reader. Take heed! Come, all Spirits! By the virtue and power of your King, and by the seven crowns and chains of your Kings, all Spirits of the Hells are forced to appear in my presence before this pentacle or circle of Solomon , whensoever I shall call them.
Come, then, all at my orders, to fulfil that which is in your power, as commanded. Come, therefore, from the East , South , West , and North! I conjure and command you, by the virtue and power of Him who is three, eternal, equal, who is God invisible, consubstantial, in a word, who has created the heavens, the sea, and all which is under heaven.
Circles should be described with charcoal or holy water , sprinkled with the wood of the blessed Cross. When they have been duly made, and the words have been written about the circle, the holy water which has served to bless the same may also be used to prevent the spirits from inflicting any hurt. Standing in the middle of the circle, you shall command them in a lively manner, as one who is their master. O Lord, we fly to Thy virtue! O Lord, confirm this work!
I will open the Book, and the seven seals thereof. I have beheld Satan as a bolt falling from heaven. It is Thou who hast given us power to crush dragons, scorpions, and all Thine enemies beneath Thy feet.
The earth is the Lord's and all those who dwell therein, because He established it upon the seas and prepared it in the midst of the waves. Who shall ascend unto the mountain of the Lord? Who shall be received in his Holy Place? The innocent of hands and clean of heart. Who bath not received his soul in vain, and hath not sworn false witness against his neighbour. The same shall be blessed of God, and shall obtain mercy of God to his salvation.
He is of the generation of those who seek Him. Open your gates, ye princes, open the eternal gates, and the King of Glory shall enter! Who is this King of Glory? The Lord Almighty, the Lord, mighty in battle.
Open your gates, ye princes! Lift up the eternal gates. The Lord Almighty.
Grimoire of Honorius
Grimoire of Honorius : Also called the Constitution of Honorius, this text may have been authored in the 16th century but was first published in Rome in It gained wide circulation during the 17th century. The book shows influences from the Lemegeton and claims to be based on the practical Kabbalah , but this connection is tenuous. Rather, it is the only grimoire to introduce significant Christian elements, which earned it the reputation of the blackest of black magic texts. The grimoire is cast as a papal bull in which the pope decrees that the authorities of the church, from cardinals to secular clerks, should have the power of invoking and commanding spirits of all sorts. This power had been vested with the papal office as the successor to St. The effect is more like a Black Mass than anything sacred.
The Grimoire Of Honorius
Waite condemned its contents, while Eliphas Levi claimed that its influence brought about the assassination of the archbishop of Paris. What Rankine and Barron have produced for us is a comprehensive edition of the grimoire. The foundation text is a previously-unpublished manuscript, Wellcome MS , along with material from the editions dated to , , and , and a nineteenth-century German version. As such, this presents itself as the most comprehensive edition of the book ever published in any language.