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EXODUS, BOOB OF. Bee HEBATEUCH.

EXODUS OF THE ISRAELITES. See WILDER­

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EXORCISM: The expulsion of evil spirits by conjuration or magical or religious exercises; see DEMONIAC, §§ 4 s; a180 BENEDICTION; DIVINA­TION; SACRAMENTAI$. This article is confined to exorcism in connection with the rite of baptism.

It is easy to understand how the primitive Church came to use the rite of exorcism on its catechumens; it is also obvious that in so doing it departed from the Scriptural standpoint. Resting its practise on the healing of demonises by Christ, it undertook to heal by exorcism a large number of morbid con­ditions, which it considered of diabolical origin. It had a class of officials set apart for this function, though not originally by any form of ordination; according to the Apostolic Constitutions (viii. 26) they possessed a " gift of healing," and their work was thus the exercise of a gift rather than of an office. Their method of treatment included prayer and laying on of hands. In the third century this sort of exorcism was applied to catechumens com­ing from paganism, on the theory that the pagan world was the realm of evil spirits, and that those who came into the Church from it must thus be delivered from the power of evil. In thus deserting the orig',nal ground of exorcism, as an influence brought to bear in order to cure a morbid condi­tion of the psychico physical organism, for an at­tack upon the ethical power of the kingdom of dark­ness over souls, the practise entered upon a career which led toward fantastic magic. Satan was com­manded to come forth from the catechumens; and the thought that the winning of each new convert from paganism to Christianity was a manifestation of the victory of Christ over the prince of this world finds dramatic expression in these exorcisms.

The first certain evidence of the employment of exorcism in the case of catechumens is offered by Cyprian in 256; it is found here in use both in i the Catholic Church and among heretics, so that it is evidently no new thing. Another mention of it, possibly somewhat older, is found in the Catwnes Hippolyt% It is doubtful whether Ter­tullian knew of the practise, or whether the Clem­entine Homilies (iii. 73) intend to refer to it in the description of the daily laying on of hands during the preparation for baptism. At the Carthaginian council of 256 in which it is first clearly mentioned, certain bishops requested that it, together with

baptism, should be employed at the reception of heretics into the Church; the reason given, that " heretics are worse than pagans," shows how definitely exorcism was still connected with the thought of paganism. In the same context it is interesting that an early Greek form for the reception of a convert from Judaism contains a renunciation, but no exorcism (Aseemani, Codex liturgicus, I. 105 eqq.). When exorcism was thus once brought into connection with baptism, it was applied to the baptism of infants in the same unreflecting way as were the other ceremonies originally belonging to adult baptism. As in the service for infant baptism the various liturgical acts of the catechumen's preparation were com­bined into a continuous function, the various exor­cisms which found a place in that were here also included. At the outset came the xcsufflatio, a thrice repeated breathing in the face of the child, with the words " Depart from him, thou unclean spirit, and give place to the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete"; after the giving of salt, there wasalong exorcism, three times repeated, each time with a different command to the devil to depart from the child. This remained substantially the same until the end of the Middle Ages. The Rituals Romanum
of 1614 condensed it considerably, retaining only the exsufJatio at the beginning with the last of the three exorcisms and its introduction

Luther saw no objection to the exorcism in the baptismal office, which he retained in his own of 1523, abbreviating it, indeed, but not on any theo­logical ground. In that of 1526 it was further abbreviated, and the exsufJtatio omitted but relics of the Roman function passed from this into the majority of the Lutheran service books, to excite bitter controversy later within the Lutheran ranks, and to be the subject of reproach on the part of the Calvinists. When not forced by such attacks to defend the practise, the Lutheran theologians freely admitted that it was a non essential, and at the Cassel Conference of 1661 expressed their will­ingness to change it to a prayer for deliverance from the power of Satan. In the rationalistic period at the end of the eighteenth century, it finally disappeared from one service book after another, and now, since its general abandonment by the Lutherans, the ceremony has no place in the rites of any Protestant Church.

(G. KAwER.nu.)

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Bingham, Oripines. III. iv., X. ii 8; C. Gerber, Historic der Kirchen Carernonien in Saehsen, Leipeio, 1732; J. M. Krafft, Historic room ExorcKanw, Ham­burg, 1750; G. T. Strobel, in Miscetlanegn, iv. 173 eqq., Puremberg, 1781; F. H&9ing, Doe Sakramenl der Taute, i. 378 eqq.. Erlangen, 1848: J. Mayer, Gcerhichtc den KatecAumenWa, Kempten, 1888; F. Probst, Bakramente and 3akrornen18 eqq., 128 eqq., Ttibingen, 1872; G. von Zeseehwitz, Katechetik. i. 288 eqq., 340 eqq., Leipsio, 1872; w. E. Addis and T. Arnold, Catholic Dictionary, p. 382, London, 1903; L. Duchesne, Christian Worship, its Origin and Evolution, pp. 298, 299, 303, 317, 322, ib. 1904; C. H. H. Wright and C. Neil, A Protestant Diction­ary, p. 215, i b. 1904.

EXPECTANCY (Exspedarttia, exsPedativd, gratis exspedatiroa): In canon law, the right of succes­sion to an ecc(esiaeical office not yet vacant, by virtue of which the person on whom it is con 


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