Did Pope Francis Praise Lucifer?

Several videos on YouTube are claiming that Pope Francis has praised Lucifer as God, just as several YouTube videos claimed the same about Pope Benedict XVI during his pontificate. In fact, as the theory goes, this is a Vatican-wide (or Catholic Church wide) conspiracy to praise Satan during the Easter Vigil. Here’s a sample of what I’m talking about:

These videos are troublingly popular: this video alone has about 1.4 million views so far.  And the case for the conspiracy is pretty clear: the pope and a huge group of Catholics, including many Cardinals, are praying a prayer that clearly uses the word “lucifer.”

But on the other hand, does the theory make even a little bit of sense? Not really. It’s ridiculous enough to believe that the pope and the College of Cardinals are all secretly Satanists. It’s a lot more ridiculous to think that they’re openly Satanists, pledging allegiance to Lucifer every Easter on live TV. And it’s still more ridiculous to think that they do all of this, and that nobody else around the world except a few anonymous YouTube cranks notices or cares. Are we seriously to believe that the pope gets up each year, does a little “hail Satan!” prayer with all of the leaders of the Catholic Church, at the Easter Vigil, during a widely-viewed live television broadcast watched all around the globe…. and nobody notices? Nobody within the Vatican was like, “Oh no, this will reveal our super-secret Satanism plan!” Nobody at any newspaper was like, “Hey, the pope worships Satan, I wonder if that’s news?” And that this happens every year?

But this theory isn’t just insane (and insanely stupid), it’s also uncharitable. A basic starting point for understanding people who disagree with you is to assume that they’re seeking goodness and truth. So much of the modern acrimony (political and religious, especially) is based upon a failure to observe this basic rule. Now, obviously, there are people who are just wicked: they’re not just mistaken or wrong, but evil. But you don’t start by assuming everyone you meet or everyone who disagrees with you is in this category.

So what’s the true story behind this video? What you’re seeing is part of a prayer called the Exsultet, prayed each year at the Easter Vigil to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. During the lighting of the Easter candle, we pray::

Latin

Flammas eius lúcifer matutínus invéniat:
ille, inquam, lúcifer, qui nescit occásum.
Christus Fílius tuus,
qui, regréssus ab ínferis, humáno géneri serénus illúxit,
et vivit et regnat in sæcula sæculórum.

English

May this flame be found still burning by the Morning Star:
the one Morning Star who never sets,
Christ your Son,
who, coming back from death’s domain,
has shed his peaceful light on humanity,
and lives and reigns for ever and ever.

When properly translated (unlike in the conspiracy videos), it’s clear that the “Lucifer” in question is Jesus Christ. But why call Him that? Because “Lucifer” literally means “light-bearer” (lux is “light,” as you may know from fiat lux, “let there be light”) and it was the term used for the morning star. Gesenius’ Hebrew-Chaldee Lexicon explains:

 

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This naturally raises two questions. Why do we use the term “Lucifer” as a personal name for Satan? And why is Christ called “Lucifer” in the Exultet? Scripture holds the key to answering both questions.

First, look to Isaiah 14:12-14:

“How you are fallen from heaven,
O Day Star, son of Dawn!
How you are cut down to the ground,
you who laid the nations low!
You said in your heart,
‘I will ascend to heaven;
above the stars of God
I will set my throne on high;
I will sit on the mount of assembly
in the far north;
I will ascend above the heights of the clouds,
I will make myself like the Most High.’

On its face, this is about the King of Babylon, but it’s not hard to see the subtext: that it’s also about the fall of Satan, who tried to hoist himself above the Lord God. This is made clearer in light of the New Testament, in which Christ says, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven” (Luke 10:18). And since the Latin Vulgate translates “Day Star” as “Lucifer,” it’s how that title for the devil came about.

But what about for Christ? Just look at Revelation 22:16,

“I Jesus have sent my angel to you with this testimony for the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, the bright morning star.”

Interestingly, the Vulgate doesn’t use lucifer here, but stella splendida et matutina, but the meaning is the same. Both Jesus and the devil are referred to as morning stars. (The Protestant site GotQuestions notes this oddity, but also that it’s not unique: both are also compared to lions, cf. 1 Peter 5:8 and Rev. 5:5, etc.). In the broader Scriptural context, this makes sense. Christ is the Light (John 1:4-9), humanity’s “dayspring” (Luke 1:78). As a fallen angel, Satan once bore witness to that light before turning to darkness. Ironically, Christ alone truly warrants being called a lucifer or “light-bearer”: the devil forfeited this by turning away from the light. But in a quirk of history, based largely on the Latin Vulgate (in language that the KJV borrowed), “Lucifer” became associated with the devil as a common name.

So there you go: the Exultet is an ancient prayer (likely dating back to at least the sixth century), back before we mistakenly started treating “Lucifer” as a proper name for the devil. Perhaps it’s not as exciting as a billion-person Satanist conspiracy, but it’s a lot truer.

58 Comments

  1. Thank you for sharing this. I found myself making a similar defense a few years ago. The video in question then completely disregarded the context of the prayer and the symbolism of the paschal candle, too, as it sought to emphasize its mistranslation.

    It is so sad how many people assume evil on the part of the Church from the outset, how easily people are influenced by videos like these, and how many people misunderstand and miss out on the truth and beauty of the Church Jesus founded as a result.

    Keep sharing the truth in love, brother!

  2. LOL, I figured that much. People need to know a little Latin. Ironically, crazy internet sensation Steve Anderson takes issues with modern Bible translations because they call Christ the Morning Star, because he says they are conflating Him with Satan (i.e. Lucifer.)

    1. Craig – Latin? In our current publek skool system? Might be offered as an elective on alternate years after one has satisfied requirements for gender and class warfare curricula….

      1. Well, you got to have the class warfare curricula and the transgender bathrooms, this is ‘Merica darn it!

        I used to do so bad on my Latin exams, I would get 20% when it was multiple choice with 4 possible answers. And, I was really trying and I did my 15 minutes of studying!

        However, even I picked it up along the way that Lucifer means “Morning Star.” I have become increasingly convinced that we are completely blind to even the most simple things apart from the grace of God.

        1. “…we are completely blind to even the most simple things apart from the grace of God.”

          There’s much, considering the length of the thread on ‘False Prophets,” upon which we differ. But on this most important immutable, we warmly agree.

          I had the same experience with Latin, in high school, probably contemporary with your parents. Wait 20 years, when one of your kids says, “dad, I need help with Latin…’ and you’ll be shocked by what of necessity returns to you.

        2. Jesus said:

          “I am the vine: you the branches: he that abideth in me, and I in him, the same beareth much fruit: for WITHOUT ME YOU CAN DO NOTHING.”

          So, it’s no wonder that we need the ‘grace of God’ operating in us. Jesus is also the ‘Alpha and the Omega’, the beginning and end of all grace, and all things:

          “Behold, he cometh with the clouds, and every eye shall see him, and they also that pierced him. And all the tribes of the earth shall bewail themselves because of him. Even so. Amen. [8] I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, saith the Lord God, who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty. (Rev.1:7)

          Note from the Douay Rheims Version Bible:

          “[8] I am Alpha and Omega: These are the names of the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet, and signify the same as what follows: The beginning and the end: the first cause and last end of all beings: who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty– These words signify the true God only, and are here applied to our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, who is to come again to judge the living and the dead.”

      2. There’s a reason why there is a distinction between stella splendida et matutina, for CHRIST and lúcifer matutínus for Satan. So yes – they are praying to Lucifer. It’s just the fact of latin.
        If they were invoking Christ they would use stella matutina.
        Dont know why they are choosing to use Lucifer – but there’s no denying they are choosing too.
        Most churches use Stella Splendida et Matutina, except of course, the Satanists.

        1. Joe – they found us out. The resident Sola Latin-a scholars (Ph.D of homeschool linguistics) got us dead to rights with their indisputable schis-mo-phrenic philology.

          Sigh….

          Tara, I have to thank you and so many others here like ROSE! and “KJV” Wishart for the hours of endless amusement on this particular topic.

    2. I am an Orthodox Jew who also have a major in Latin and Classical Studies. An idiot who knows latin could see the proper translation who in this prayer praises Jesus

      1. I am an Orthodox Jew who also have a major in Latin and Classical Studies. An idiot who knows latin could see the proper translation who in this prayer praises Jesus

    3. How ignorant why don’t you read the St James bible and look at Isaiah 14: 12-1;luke10: 18-20 and Revelation 12: 7-12. Lucifer the devil is the deceiver, and he is deceiving you In believing something that is completely false. Lucifer was an angel created by God and, that was cast into the earth by God. Do your own research and pray for answers.

      1. Try reading…and comprehending the article one more time…maybe you will come to understand the events that took place and the mistake that resulted in applying “Lucifer” to the devil.
        Minds are like parachutes, they only function when they’re open.

      1. Times, they are a-changin’.

        Merriam Webster online

        Full Definition of broadcast

        broadcast

        also broad·cast·ed

        broad·cast·ing

        transitive verb
        1: to scatter or sow (as seed) over a broad area
        2: to make widely known
        3: to transmit or make public by means of radio or television

          1. The pope is and was of SATAN. He said what he said, and by no means is “Lucifer” referring to God’s only begotten Son, Jesus Christ.

  3. “A basic starting point for understanding people who disagree with you is to assume that they’re seeking goodness and truth.”

    Yes! Now if only I could convince my children of this…

    🙂

  4. Great! Now you have ruined my Easter cards for this year, which would have read “Happy Easter, you Lucifer worshipping synagogue of Satan! Love, Rev. Dark Hans and family” It was hard to get those custom cards printed with an image of Pope Leo X ridding a demonic looking T-Rex. I guess it is back to the Thomas Kinkade painting of the empty tomb as plan b after this blog post.

  5. Wrong. The Hebrew word for “star” is not found in Isaiah 14:12. Nor is the Latin word for “star” found in the word Lucifer. You are totally confused and spreading satanic disinformation.

    1. Philip,

      Could you be more specific about which symbols you think are Satanic? Certain Catholic symbols (the upside-down cross and the All-Seeing Eye) were taken up by Satanists and Masons, but they were Christian symbols before they were mocked and misused.

    2. I’m a great believer in reciprocity.

      Please explain why some evangelical Protestants believe that regular physical discipline of a wife by her husband is a Scriptural mandate? Loaded question for loaded question. I don’t expect an answer, any more than you did when you trolled this site with your hateful nonsense.

      As an aside, fortunately, my niece left her ‘vangerlilercal parster husband of 20 years – and his circle of believers in Christian (Reformed, of course) wifebeating – to fester in their Ozark’s compound, before things became irremediable.

      Joe, I’m asking for the prayers of your readership that she finds her way to the One Church. Not to mention, the same for Mr. Charles, above.

  6. AK says that wife-beating is a mandate in protestant circles. Hmm, this is funny. I left the Catholic Church in the Seventies (because I was introduced to the REAL Jesus of the Bible, not the deviated version of the RCC) and have been part of MANY protestant churches since.

    Not ONE of them promoted wife-beating as ANY form of discipline! You are severely confused. Protestantism is NOT Islam, which DOES promote wife-beating!

    No, Protestantism promotes LOVE for our wives, the kind of Love Messiah showed His church (the Body of Believers that began with JEWS!)

    Maybe the wife-beaters were a cult, but they certainly had NOTHING to do with Messiah, Yeshua!

    1. “because I was introduced to the REAL Jesus of the Bible, not the deviated version of the RCC”

      What was your parish priest teaching you? By definition, Protestantism is a deviation, since it is the break-off and innovator and inventor of doctrines. But whatever.

      “the Body of Believers that began with JEWS!”

      Why do Protestants love the JEWS SO MUCH. Sheesh.

      You even accepted their canon made almost 100 years after Christ at THEIR, JEWISH, UNAUTHORITATIVE meeting at Jabneh (and was still not settled by them even then), instead of the canon used by the Apostles and Jesus Christ. Amazing.

      The same applies with using Jesus’ Jewish name instead of the Greek/Latin (‘Yeh-sous’) version used by the inspired writers, almost as if to look down on them. Do you say Yakov? Avraham? What about His Aramaic name, ‘Eshou? Why not call John the Baptist Yohannan?

      It just seems irregular to use His Hebrew name instead of His name in English like how we say God instead of HaShem or Elohim.

  7. SUCH BULL SHIT YOU & THE EVIL POPE–GREW UP CATHOLIC WITH THIS CRAP WOULD NEVER TEACH MY KIDS SUCH CRAP –JESUS CHRIST MY SAVIOR !!!!!!!!!!!!! TAKE YOUR EVIL WORDS, LUCIFER ,UPSIDE DOWN CROSS, EVIL EYE,AND SATAN HORNS MAY YOU ALL BURN IN HELL. NOT EVERYONE CONTINUES TO DRINK THE CATHOLIC POISON KOOL AID. WHAT YOUR TRYING TO CONVINCE ME IS THAT SHIT IS CHOCOLATE ICE CREAM. GO EAT SOME MORE

      1. Hahahaha, how these evangelicals are so moronic. Recently, a friend tagged me of the same video. She had the same accusations against the Pope and the Catholic Church in general. She would not listen nor even try to understand no matter how I’ve explained to her, or sending her links that would explain the Catholic side.

        People commenting here who are obviously non -catholics have the same reasoning as hers. Lord have mercy!

        Thank you for defending the faith Joe.

  8. Such troubling times we are in when our Lord’s believers turn against one another. Instead of attacking each other we should be standing together to spread his word and the love of Jesus Christ his own son who died on the cross for our sins. We are being persecuted not just by non believers and wicked people but by our own kind. These are truly sad times we live in.

    1. FB – seems to me, looking at the way the post in question was punctuated, that this was a complete non-believer. Having said, there is certainly enough strife and chaos, right here, amongst those who purport to reside at the foot of the Cross. And while sad, it’s predictable – the Father of Lies and Chaos goes where he will get the most results and satisfaction.

      Troubling times indeed….

  9. I am a recovering Catholic for many years. when I was a child I always felt something wasnt right. thru years of soul searching and studying ancient religions these are my own personal conclusions…
    Satan and Lucifer are 2 separate entities.Satan is Male Lucifer actually being feminine.Surprise!!
    The Virgin Mary worshiped by Catholics is actually a representation of Isis/Venus/Dianna/Ishtar/whatever you want to call her.
    Ive also done extensive research on the Vatican and luciferian practices. Sodomy is an important practice in luciferianism and is linked back to the serpent(Lucifer) in the garden of Eden. Hence all the boys being molested.The dark aspect of Lucifer (as she is triple female) is better known as Lilith, Adams FIRST wife, who refused to lay below him and saw him as an equal. Abrahamic religions supress the feminine for this reason and present themselves as patriarchal. Male energy is electric female energy is magnetic. when we speak of Babylon we speak of a time when women were revered and Mother Goddess worship was rampant. Yahweh, whos proper name is Samuel/Yaldaboath aka Satan (another surprise!) didn’t like this and declared himself the most high saying he was a jealous God.The first Commandment in the OT is a dead giveaway to the fact that there is more than one “God”. When cross referencing the Nag Hammadi and the dead Sea Scrolls, his physical description is identical. both state him as having the head of a lion and the body of a serpent….this says much in itself. if we were created in “HIS” image we would all have serpent tails.Clearly the Father Jesus speaks of in the NT is NOT Yahweh/Jehovah. There is SO much I could write here but will leave it at that! Forgive them Father for they know not what they do.Everyone is deceived.

    1. You could have stopped at ‘something wasn’t right…’ because you have amply illustrated, indeed, that something isn’t right, just not with Catholicism.

      All the best….we’ll pray for you.

    2. “I am a recovering Catholic ….
      The Virgin Mary worshiped by Catholics”

      So.. you weren’t Catholic..?

      That would explain the non-biblical Lilith characters, LIES about Yahweh/the NT, multiple gods instead of the one mentioned in the Bible, God is actually Satan despite this being stupid nonsense, etc.

      I can’t even figure out enigmas like you. I only conclude that someone SO LOST is obvious under some kind of wrath.

    1. Protestantism is freemasonry! Are you all crazy??

      Oops. I thought we were all just blurting out assertions like they’re true.

  10. Elizabeth:

    “Luciferian”…that’s mighty big word for “u.” Did Parster help you with your spellin’?

    Excuse me now, I am going to take a nap. Wake me up just before the Rap-chure. Thanks for your support.

    1. Suggest research on the ‘rapture’ it is a byproduct of Jesuit doctrine to deflect focus away from the Protestant interpretation of Daniel and Revelation , which maintains the Roman system as the ‘antichrist’.

      1. John Nelson Darby….founder of the Plymouth Brethren….formulator of both Dispensationalism and the concept of the rapture…was a Jesuit?

        Now I have heard everything….

  11. the papacy is the beast of revelations and the 10th horn from Daniel controlling the world behind the scene by the Jesuits and free masons setting up the devils kingdom which Jesus is going to destroy.They believe Lucifer is the first born son of God.The world is being decievd.This is the truth I got from 32nd degree free mason do your own research and put your faith in the only son of God Jesus Christ.The pope and the cardinals and priest are very satanic.I pray in Jesus name that all see these wolves in sheep clothing before it’s to late

    1. Soooo…a “32nd degree Mason” told you that the Freemasons and the Jesuits are working together to set up the Devil’s Kingdom?” Wow. I always thought the Masons and Catholics didn’t cotton to each other. Brilliant maskirovka, I say!

      You must be a very important person for him to have broken trust and revealed such dangerously momentous information, and you really have a warning to deliver. Tell you what…

      You know them there Catholics are subverted and just plain lost, lost. Your message is wasted here. Could even get Opus Dei looking for you, if you know what I mean. Now, there is a properly righteous online Parster named James White of Alpha and Omega Ministries who would love for you to go to his chat board and pass on the News, both good and bad. Would reach many more Christian brothern and sistern than you’ll ever see in this nest of Cat’lik vipers.

      There’s not a moment to lose, brother…and good luck to you!

      1. Gotta love the blatant little lies (“This is the truth I got from 32nd degree free mason”) threw in for all them credibilities. 3/10 creativity but still. It’s cute if, not just a little bit too sad to laugh at.

  12. So was the king of Babylon in the Garden of Eden? No, but Lucifer was. Read Is 14 in context. The Roman system is Luciferian or Satanic more accurately. Rev18 describes it as being completely possessed by devils, once we establish the consistancy of Prophetic interpretation. Interestingly the Jesuits have targeted prophecy applying decoy interpretation which most evangelical churches have fallen for.

  13. Just use the KJV. Don’t be tricked by those funny versions. Lucifer is correctly called son of the morning, not morning star in Isaiah 14: 12.
    On the other hand, its Jesus who calls Himself Bright Morning Star in Revelation 22:16.
    Also, Lucifer means light bearer. And pope saying light bearer, Lucifer, however in hidden in plain extinct Latin, he is simply referring to the same Lucifer.

    Jesus Christ is the Lord.

    1. Yes, nothing like a Bible where the writer names it after himself. KInda like certain religions that are named after the founders instead of the Originator.

  14. proof is in the pudding,,live in any catholic society and see the suffering pain and a cesspool of sex homosexuality drugs and poverty . have you been to mexico, Brazil and almost all south america, even Italy northern Ireland you name it,, and that needs no explanation iis there to see… and is being done with one tool,NO BIRTH CONTROL,NO FAMILY PLANNING OVER POPULATION AND PRIEST NOT GETTING MARRIED. And the fools evevn in the US in the republican party are trying to block sex education and birth control..priest in the 3rd world equates using the condom with homicide ??? hard to believe but it is true. So the poorest of the poor will not use any family planning and having 10 kids or 12 pretty common that supplies the goods to sex trade and child trafficking. You know of course the clergy child molestation all over The world causing pope Benedict to resign to avoid more scandals ( he was the top cop in the church, moving the rapist priest from one city to the other without firing them or police report,all factual in US courts and proven beyond doubt). Have you ever asked , why Americans don,t run to Mexico to eat or get a job always Catholics run to a protestant country to survive?Mexico to US, Italians to Germany until recently . Irish to USA . etc…

    1. First, I need to say this is a such trove of malapropisms and tin-foil pseudo-syllogisms, it’s hard to know where to begin. So I won’t bother as I am a bit short on time, you won’t listen anyway, so this is a classic case of Matthew 10:14. Good luck to you.

      I do suggest you start by checking your proof-pudding for ergot fungus. Just wow….

  15. oh I forgot to mention,, Americans do run to Mexico, (or any Latin american country for that matter ). they do when they get paid to party and use the hooker of both sexes many children as well who are waiting around on the street corner for a 5 dolor sex experience. just to eat. Americans go there also to use illegal drugs or doing any evil thing imaginable that they can,t do in a protestant country like US. So need to evoke Lucifer.. people live that reality.in a Catholic country. and no sir , the light bearer and Christ are not the same. if you translate every word in Latin, it exactly match the English translation simply and clearly a prayer to Satan , But dont believe me you western catholic, simply quit your job and do not take any big saving to a catholic 3rd world( the 95 percent), but dont forget to take your teenn daughter LOL. because of over population and corruptionm No social security , no unemployment.no health insurance, plenty of guns ( almost sound like a republican utopia lol). withing a few month you will begin to starve and have to send baby Jane to service a tourist so you can eat and buy medicine!!!, then you will wake up to the reality.I am trying to explain.. ..

  16. Admittedly I’m new to this whole debate. So please take this as an honest question and not me trying to defame the pope.

    I’ve heard the argument that Lucifer is referring to Jesus in the Easter Exultet but if that’s the case then why does it say “Christus Fílius tuus” which is “Christ is your son”. If we’re already referring to Jesus as Lucifer then it seems like were then saying that Jesus is his own self’s son….that doesn’t make sense and seems to point to Lucifer being someone other than Jesus. I haven’t come across a site, that defends the the Easter exultet, mention this part of the prayer.

    Can you clarify that?

    1. Gladly.

      The Latin “Christus filius tuus” doesn’t mean “Christ is Thy Son”. It means, “Christ Thy Son”. Christ *is* your son would be “Christus filius tuus est”.

      Read the prayer in Latin and English on Wikipedia, In sorry I’ve no better link right now as I’m not at a computer. It’ll show that ” Christ your Son” is referring to that same morning star.

      Not that the whole prayer is literally the opposite of Satanic, haha.

      God bless.

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