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What is The Satanic Temple’s Invocation?

The Satanic Temple has a standard well-known invocation that Ministers of Satan frequently include in their rituals and ceremonies. It was written by Lucien Greaves, co-founder of The Satanic Temple, and was first performed in public by David Suhor, co-founder of The Satanic Temple West Florida, as the opening “prayer” for a meeting of the Pensacola City Council. Suhor sang it to an altered version of Albert Malotte’s melody for the “Lord’s Prayer” (1935). It has become a common element used in ceremonies and rituals, and is one of the standard components of TST’s online religious services.

This is the text of The Satanic Temple’s Invocation:

Let us stand now,
unbowed and unfettered
by arcane doctrines
borne of fearful minds in darkened times.
Let us embrace the Luciferian impulse
to eat of the Tree of Knowledge
and dissipate our blissful
and comforting delusions of old.
Let us demand
that individuals be judged for their concrete actions,
not their fealty to arbitrary social norms
and illusory categorizations.
Let us reason our solutions
with agnosticism in all things,
Holding fast only to that which is demonstrably true,
Let us stand firm
against any and all arbitrary authority
that threatens the personal sovereignty of One or All.

That which will not bend must break,
and that which can be destroyed by truth
should never be spared its demise.
It is Done. Hail Satan.

To ensure appropriate credit, please refer to it as “The Satanic Temple’s Invocation” or “The Invocation of The Satanic Temple” if you include it in any performed or written work.

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