Help for those who feel they may be haunted, cursed or oppressed
There are TV programmes such as Most Haunted and Medium. There are films like The Exorcist, Poltergeist and Paranormal Activity. Ghost stories can be scary but they are usually told as a bit of fun.
However, when these disturbances happen for real - to you - it is no joke.
There might be smells or noises you cannot explain. Parts of your home might feel colder than others. Things might move round the house by themselves, disappearing from one place and turning up in another. The cupboard doors might open and pots and pans fly out across the room. The washing machine might switch itself on and off and the television keeps changing its channels. Strange objects appear on home videos or photographs. You might sense a presence, see ghostly figures, or hear voices calling out your name. You think people will laugh at you if you tell them. You might think you are going mad. You might even feel you are in danger.
Don't panic. First of all, look for any rational explanations. Check your electrical appliances. Look out for faulty door fittings and feel for any draughts etc. Make sure you are not falling victim to a practical joker.
If strange things are still happening, help is available - free of charge. If you do not have a connection with a church in your area, please contact your local Church of England priest. She or he can get in touch with the people in the Diocese who specialise in this phenomena.
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.Give us this day our daily bread,and forgive us our trespasses,as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation,but deliver us from evil.For thine is the kingdom,and the power, and the glory,for ever and ever. Amen.
Visit this place, O Lord, we pray, and drive far from it the snares of the enemy. May your holy angels dwell with us and guard us in peace, and may your blessing be always upon us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
If you believe you may need help or advice with these issues, you will need to make contact with your local parish priest first of all, as the Diocesan Deliverance Team does not deal directly with members of the public. If you are unsure who your local parish priest is, you can find out here.
Please kindly note that the Diocese of Worcester is only able to respond and assist those who live within its boundaries. If you live outside of the Diocese, you will need to seek help and advice from the priest of the parish in which you live, or indeed the Diocese in which you live. You can find details here.