Rev. PATRICK J. BERKERY, Ph.D. ‘The Rite of Exorcism’ (1974) : Discogs | Download


1. Day of Wrath
2. THE STORY (Part I)
3. The Lord’s Prayer
4. THE STORY (Part I)
5. THE STORY (Part II)
6. Ron Aimee Fugue

Notes from the Gatefold :

E_xamples of diabolical possessions abound in the annals of human history. Some are more frightenning than others. All have the common denominator of an erstwhile faith that twisted or turned in an inexplicable bent.
The album you now hold in your hands records one such experience. The case is actual and authentic, revealed in an ancient, dramatic rite, A young girl is taken from her love ones and out of her mind. An earnest priest calls on the powers of his sacrament to rescue her from those who without cause, deal her only searing pain and maniacal anguish.

X_rated, this drama is not. The story is simply and faithfully presented, so as to allow the listener to become a part of genuine, human tradition. The incursions of the devil into the mainstream of evryday living present phenomen of which all concerned believers should become aware. To paraphrase Mark Twain, “Everyone Talks about (the devil), but no one does anything about (him)”.

O_biously, there isn’t much anyone can do about the devil. He is or he isn’t. If we do not believe, his realm and his power defy description.

R_oman catholicism tells us little about the devil, save that he is a fallen angel, the evil one, the antithesis of Emmanuel. Yet no other confessional rite so movingly, so powerfully, and so effectively routs Bellzebub from his contrivances of power and brilliance.

C_ommon sense dictates that the man deal with the forces of evil swiftly and directly. This is waht The Rite Of Exorcism within the churches purports to do. More and more frequently in our own time, the phenomena of the occult make appearances in the stream of men’s conciousness. It behooves the wary and the worried to inform themselves as to options open to them who would replace horror and fear with beauty and strenght.

I_t may well be that someday, men will ridicule the very suggestion of satanic forces. We take no position one way or the other here. All we attemp is to provide a very realistic, authentic and objective presentation of fact unmixed with fantasy. We know it to be thrue that one day in yesteryear, some evil being ravished and nearly obliterate a delicate promise.

S_urely stories of the evil men do live in our day. Diabolic possession seems an almost requesite segue to a civilisation where truth, honesty and simple faith no longer are revenced in so many political, church or familial circles.

M_any have said that to know one’s enemy is to claim the victory. Yet are we to say that all man’s problems and all man’s sorrows are the handiwork of Satan? Hardly. The reality or non-reality of the evil is not our ear’s basic issue. We don’t need another scapegoat to desensitize an already fragmented social conscience. Rather must we accept evil as man’s own creation. The light, the sun, the moon, the air we breathe, goodness, joy and truth…these are God’s creations, and these are his gifts to us. (Rev. Patrick J. Berkery, Ph.D.)