‘Knock it off!’ Devil screams at priest who uses bells for exorcisms

‘Knock it off!’ Devil screams at priest who uses bells for exorcisms October 5, 2019

Hell’s bells! Yet another report about exorcism – this time via Patti Maguire Armstrong, a North Dakota Catholic writer and mother of ten.

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In a piece for the National Catholic Register, Armstrong, inset above, revealed that she was told by an exorcist that devils hate bells – and they’ve even tried to knock bells out of his hand during exorcisms.

Armstrong wrote:

I had never heard of the bell-aversion, so during my interview with an exorcist – this one from the mountain West – I asked about it. Father Theophilus (which means ‘loved of God’ but it is not his real name because exorcists usually need to keep their identity secret) confirmed it.

‘Devils hate bells’ he said. ‘I use them in sessions all the time. I have a nicely-toned consecration bell that I use.’

The exorcist added that the Devil has screamed, “Knock it off!” at the sound of bells during exorcisms and tried to knock them out of his hand.

The Rite of Exorcism uses prayers and holy water, but Father Theophilus also brings many tools into the fight against evil such as music, chants, sacred art, a team of prayer warriors, holy water and blessed bells to overwhelm the devil.

“Why bells?”Armstrong asked:

The exorcist replied:

Satan is always attacking us through our senses. So the liturgy itself needs to be a holy assault on our senses: our sight, our touch, our smells and hearing. We have prayed as a Church with all these sensual things, because she learned through millennia that this is what repels the enemy.

Armstrong said that “Father Theophilus” uses his altar or sanctus handheld bells.

When these consecrated bells are used at Mass it is to say, ‘Look at him, the Word made Flesh!’ The bell humiliates the Devil because it’s a non-rational object that is doing what they were made to do.

Another reason demons hate bells is because they hate everything beautiful and holy, she was informed.

“Father Theophilus” told her:

We are moved by beauty It stirs our souls – beautiful music, beautiful prayers, flowers, beautiful tones… the devil hates everything beautiful and the bells are specifically used to draw attention to the divine worship of God.

It is customary to bless everything involved in the liturgy and to bless the church bells also, Father Theophilus said.

Blessings makes things holy – set apart for God. Everything in the liturgy needs to be set apart for God.

Just as the sanctus bells give glory to God, so too does the ringing of church bells, whether the church has an old cast-iron bell or an electronic recording, Father Theophilus explained. Both can be blessed.

Traditionally, church bells called the faithful to prayer. If you have an Angelus app on your phone, a bell will ring to alert you.

A few years back an app was developed by the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Church Life in an effort to restore traditional Catholic practices with the help of smartphones. 3D Catholic was named for the three devotions it promotes (prayer, fasting and almsgiving) and appeals to those who are seeking to deepen their faith in the age of digital distraction.

The Angelus is a Catholic prayer originating with an 11th-century monastic custom. Church bells called people at 6 am, 12 noon, and 6 pm to pray the Angelus – Latin for “angel.” People stopped what they were doing, knelt down and prayed.

The Angelus commemorates the Incarnation when the Angel Gabriel declared to the Virgin Mary, and she responded: “Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it done unto me according to Thy word.” And the Word was made Flesh and dwelt among us.

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  • CoastalMaineBird

    Sometimes a bell is just a bell.

    There is no malarkey so outrageously stoopid that somebody won’t believe it.

  • Broga

    Ten sprogs? She is doing her duty and breeding for God and wrecking the planet with over population at the same time.

    Nothing is so potent in causing suffering, destruction and indifference to the views of others as religious faith.

  • Jennny

    From my history lessons in the UK, I learned that church bells were not only rung to tell people when services were about to start, but as folk didn’t have clocks or watches often, the chiming of the steeple clock bells throughout the day and night told everyone in the village the time. And there’s a tradition in the Tyrol and Bavaria to have a bell on top of your house. it called the farmer into meals etc. it’s called the ‘nookie bell’, cos, well, err, it told the guy when to stop his, err rolling in the hay out in his fields and go home to the wife…would have thought the devil would mightily approve of such sinful naughtiness going on!

  • WallofSleep

    So… Bells: irrational objects. K’ay.

  • larry parker

    “Devils hate bells” – He is mistaken:


  • larry parker

    My Mom use to ring a bell when she wanted us kids to come home. It was fine when we lived out in the country but a little embarrassing when we moved into town.

  • Freodin

    And they drive away man-eating sharks as well!
    Or how many shark attacks have there been in catholic churches?

    See… holy stuff works!

  • karmacat

    It was probably a neighbor saying, “knock it off….stupid bells”

  • barriejohn

    Hocus, Pokus!

    BTW SHE looks sane, doesn’t she?

  • Jim Jones

    Christians and lies. Like potato chips and salt.

  • persephone

    That would explain why I tend to get headaches from ringing bells.

  • 3vil5triker .

    You guys laugh but its totally true! I saw it happen in a documentary they have on Netflix! Here’s the trailer:

  • Broga

    Bit like Trump who, from this morning’s papers, has lost all touch with reality.

  • mobathome

    Cute story! I love the part about demons being forced to count chick peas. In vampire lore, if a vampire comes by a cup of grain thrown on the ground, they are compelled to count them.

  • 3vil5triker .

    Never heard that piece of vampire lore before. I wonder if one thing inspired the other? I also remembered that in the Disney animated series “Gargoyles” they took down Oberon using an iron bell, which makes me wonder how far is that trope spread across different mythos as well.

  • Raging Bee

    Devils hate bells, and atheists hate gibberish made-up explanations of what devils hate and why.

  • Raging Bee

    And you’re bragging that your ding-dong is bigger?

  • Raging Bee

    Um, no, the lies don’t make the Christians taste better.

  • Raging Bee

    So…how do devils feel about tubular bells?

  • Barry Duke

    Well there were tubular bells in The Exorcist (https://youtu.be/1hbQpjYtbps).

    They didn’t stop the possessed girl, Regan, from telling the priest Karras stuff like “your mother sucks cocks in Hell!” (https://youtu.be/rxofWN8BAoc)

  • Marc Weeks

    I had Bell’s palsy once–the Devil wouldn’t come near me!

  • Lauren Greene

    They all have that same set of crazy eyes.

  • mikebank

    Well putting salt on babies before you roast them makes them rather tasty.

  • towercam

    Heavy sigh.

    Religion comforts…and cripples.
    This article provides a good example.

  • Duncan R. Bryson

    The bells – look what happened to Quasimodo.

  • Art Davison

    I wonder if Blessing people and things only works for certain church leaders, or can anyone be a Blesser?

  • BertB

    As some girl said…it’s not how long you make it…it’s how you make it long.

  • BlueSurgeon

    Did you come running like the clappers?

  • BlueSurgeon

    First I’ve heard of that and I’ve read Bram Stoker’s Dracula twice.

  • BlueSurgeon

    Pull the other one!

  • DennisT

    My kidney doc put me on a low salt diet recently. Roast babies without salt just aren’t nearly as tasty.

  • Raging Bee

    Yeah, that’s kinda why I asked — The theme song of the movie didn’t exactly have much of a visible effect…

  • Raging Bee

    I hope it’s tastier than those ding-dongs they sell at 7-11! Not that such things matter to me…

    I’ll come in again…

  • Old Harry

    What a web page:


    Seems to touch on all the issues raised here, with her unique perspective baked in. Her tie-ins with EWTN and Fox are particularly informative.

    A mind is a terrible thing to waste.

  • Richard B

    Well, lawdamercy. Who’da thunk it?

  • David Cromie

    Its got bells on!

  • David Cromie

    However, bells do not deter paedophile priests, for some reason. I wonder if they ‘bless’ their nether regions with ‘holy’ water (or is it ‘sanctified’ KY they use), before molesting their prey.

  • Freodin

    See? That proves it!
    Church bells prevent evil from happening in churches. Therefore, kiddie-diddling in churches cannot be evil! Nothing that happens in churches and other sanctified areas is evil! Nothing that the “men of God” do is evil!
    “There is no crime for those who have Christ!”, proclaimed a Christian saint already in the 5th century.

    It is only the evil secular worldly satanic society that blames the spotless, sinless crimeless Christians for having their little innocent sinless fun.

  • pixeloid

    Right, because normal human jus love having some insane asshole ring a bell in their face.

  • David Cromie

    Too true!