I have read that incense is a bad thing and it can bring demons to your house. However others say it will create a clean house. Rabbi Keduri, some say, did smoke incense, but he did not inhale it, and when asked, said it was supposed to keep the demons away.

What does the Catholicism say about it? What is so special about smoke, candles and crystals?

Could any Catholic experts give me a good source?

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    I know of exorcists that employ blessed incense in the homes of some possessed , but not during the actual exorcism. Bless objects are such a horror to the demon. Your question is somewhat confusing because incensed is not smoked as cigarettes are, but burned. Blessed candles would simply be to dangerous to use for obvious reasons. Crystals (whatever that means) has no place in a Catholic exorcisms and seems very New Age to me.
    – Ken Graham
    Nov 6, 2016 at 13:37
  • You might wish to look up the specific tradition behind the use of incense in Catholic (and for that matter, Orthodox) tradition. Nov 6, 2016 at 15:15
  • Rabbi Keduri did smoke cigarettes (some say)And it was suppose to keep the demons away.( I have heard and read)
    – Aigle
    Nov 7, 2016 at 23:14
  • Do anyone know what exorcism incense made of? Aug 15, 2021 at 3:47
  • @MelinaAdhami Any number of things please submit a question here.
    – Ken Graham
    Aug 15, 2021 at 6:34

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Your question has to be divided into two parts: How are Catholic exorcisms actually performed and how is one able to help liberate the possessed through various sacraments and sacramental outside an actual exorcism.

It should be noted that sometimes the liberation of a soul from the grips of the evil one happens after just a few exorcisms, while others take years to be freed from the demon.

The Roman Ritual is where Catholics get its official rules on how to perform the Rite of Exorcism (Ritus Exorcizandi Obsessos A Daemonio).

According to the Roman Ritual, the exorcist is to be donned with a surplice and a purple stole (which at a particular point in time during the exorcism is to be draped over the shoulder of the possessed). The exorcist is to have holy water on hand and the following to items may be present:

13 He ought to have a crucifix at hand or somewhere in sight. If relics of the saints are available, they are to be applied in a reverent way to breast or head of the possessed (the relics must be properly and securely encased and covered). One will see to it that these sacred objects are not treated improperly or no injury is done to them by the evil spirit. However, one should not hold the Holy Eucharist over the head of the person nor in any way apply It to his body, owing to the danger of desecration. Exorcism Of The Possessed.

Fr. Gabriel Amorth was an Italian Roman Catholic priest and an exorcist of the Diocese of Rome who has written two books on the on the subject of exorcisms: An Exorcist Tells His Story and An Exorcist: More Stories. Although they are not official Roman Catholic documents, they are in fact a very rich source of information of how some priests use various sacraments and sacramentals to help in the liberation of the possessed outside the actual Rite of Exorcism.

In his books, Fr. Amorth states that both the sacraments of Confession and Holy Communion are excellent aids in freeing a person from the possession of the demon.

Fr. Amorth would say Mass in the homes of those tormented by the devil. Other helpful things (outside an actual exorcism), he would encourage is to have the house blessed. He also mentions the use of sacramentals such as holy water, blessed oil, exorcized (blessed) salt, blessed religious medals (especially the now famous St Benedict's Medal) burning of blessed incense in the home and so on. All these sacramentals , as well as many more , have their own particular blessing and/or exorcism listed in the Roman Ritual.

The Book of Tobit has an episode (Tobit 6: 1-7) in which the angel Raphael gets Tobias to burn incense in order to make the demon flee away.

The use of crystal (balls?) is complete nonsense for the use of help in the liberation of the possessed and would, at least in my mind, be a hindrance towards the liberation of a soul, as being something out of New Age or even worse.


  • "The angel answered, The heart and liver can be burned and used to chase away a demon or an evil spirit that is tormenting someone" Does the RCC agree with the book of Tobit? If so, why the heart and liver?
    – Aigle
    Nov 7, 2016 at 23:18
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    The RCC does agree with the Book of Tobit, considering that it is Inspired, but does not burn any animal parts in any ritual whatsoever. As for why the heart and liver, they have been considered as important body parts and seats of consciousness and emotions by several ancient cultures, but none are sure if this is the reason why the Archangel instructed Tobiah so.
    – Wtrmute
    Mar 17, 2017 at 3:28
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    According to Father Jocis Syquia's book "Handbook of Deliverance Prayers" the use of crystals is a New Age practice and it must be forbidden. Dec 20, 2017 at 11:34

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