A Catholic Grimoire compiled from the writings of Ângelo Sequeira, for the acquisition and sustenance of Grace, the Blessing of the Virgin, the succour of her Divine Son our Lord, and the patronage of one hundred and twenty Saints.   English translation by José Leitão. 

Precious Apothecary is a translation of Botica Preciosa, a Catholic Grimoire compiled by Ângelo de Sequeira Ribeiro do Prado (1707-1776) who was perhaps the most important Brazilian missionary in history. The Botica Preciosa (1754) was his first book and is a collection of prayers, devotions and exercises to the Lady of the Rock and 120 other Saints. Suffused with the author’s missionary purpose the book also contains the consecrations and blessings for oils, flowers, statues and food, as well as exorcisms and prayers for many ailments intended for situations where no priests were available. This is a leading work of pragmatic religious practice in which Sequeira addressed the devotional needs of the ordinary people, and thereby gained a significant following in both Portugal and Brazil.

 

This work presents an exceptional insight into practices outside the influence of a Protestant narrative, offering a window into the multifaceted world of baroque Catholicism, heresies, deviations and Rigorist movements within this. The Catholic Pantheon of Saints is introduced, together with its hierarchy and the techniques needed to access and work with them. The book also includes extensive instructions on the creation and consecration of the materia sacra/ magica, rarely found outside of liturgical literature.

 

This grimoire presents a system which will appeal to Catholics (and other Christians) with an interest in magic, and those exploring pre-contemporary forms of spirit work from within a Christian framework. It is likewise essential reading for occult scholars and practising magicians interested in exploring Christian Magic, seeking sources for folk magic and expanding their knowledge of the grimoire tradition.

 

Precious Apothecary by Jose Leitao

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  • Introduction
    On the Multiplicity of Unity
    On Ângelo Sequeira
    On the Jacobeia
    On the Lady of the Rock
    To Conceptualize a Catholic Grimoire
    Meditation on Content
    On The Current Book
    Jesus, Mary, Joseph

    Christian Doctrine
    Prayers for the day
    Devotions to Our Lady
    NOVENA OF THE LADY OF THE ROCK
    GENERAL NOVENA FOR ALL THE FEASTS OF THE HOLIEST MARY
    WAY OF PRAYING THE ROSARY OF THE VIRGIN OUR LADY
    LITANY OF OUR LADY
    MARIAN REMEDIES
    Devotions to our  Lord Jesus Christ

    Remedies for the  souls in Purgatory
    NOVENA OF THE SOULS OR SALUTES OF ST. GREGORY POPE
    ROSARY FOR THE SOULS
    Way of visiting  the Stations of the Cross

    Spiritual Remedies
    General prescription of the vocations of the Saints
    Instructions for the sick and dying
    Practices for Mass
    Exorcisms
    EFFECTIVE EXORCISM
    Holy Offices
    Office of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary our Lady conceived without original sin
    Office of the glorious Patriarch St. Joseph
    Various Blessings

    Various Prayers
    Annexe
    Bibliography
    Primary Sources
    Secondary sources
    Index


     

  • José Leitão is a scholar and researcher on the history of Portuguese Magic, currently associated with the University of Coimbra (Portugal). His current research focuses on the mapping of the practice, circulation and conception of Learned Magic in Early Modern Portugal, using as his main database the records of the Portuguese Inquisition.

    Besides his current work, José also holds a PhD in Physics and Material Science from the Delft University of Technology and a Master’s degree in Theology and Religious Studies, with a major in Western Esotericism, from the University of Amsterdam.

    Being a Saint Cyprian devotee (in his aspect of scholar and knowledge pilgrim), José is mostly known for his collections and translations of Saint Cyprian related literature, having produced the first English translation of the contemporary Portuguese version of The Book of Saint Cyprian (published by Hadean Press, 2014). Besides this, he has also published a collection of folktales relating the perception and use of this same book by rural Portuguese populations and would-be magical treasure hunters, published as The Immaterial Book of St. Cyprian (Revelore Press, 2017); a collection of text by the Early Modern Valencian polymath Jerónimo Cortez entitled Bibliotheca Valenciana; and the Opuscula Cypriana, an extensive collection of Saint Cyprian-related literature from the 17th century up until the 1920s (both published by Hadean Press, 2017 and 2019 respectively).