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Verrine, or Verin, is the demon of impatience.

Rank

According to Richard Dukante's Hierarchy, written in 1963, Verrine is the demon of health. He is the second in the order of Thrones, subordinate to Astaroth as Gressil is subordinate to Verrine.

His adversary is St. Dominic. It is said that Verrine tempts man with impatience and motivates them to action. He is one of the nine demonic divinities written in the black book around 1312 AD. In the divinities he is considered the positive polarity; where Amducious is the negative polarity. In the divinities Verrine , Lucifer, and Leviathan take on the feminine aspect.


The Ursuline convent at Aix-en-Provence possession case

In 1611 at Aix-en-Provence (South of France), Father Louis Gaufridi was burnt alive for sending demons into the Ursuline nuns at Aix. The demons Verrine and Sonneillon were first written of in the records of Aix-en-Provence possessions. Exorcist Sebastien Michaelis wrote of Verrine as the demon of impatience, second in the order of Thrones, and adversary of St. Dominic. He wrote of Sonneillon (who possessed Sister Louise Capeau) as the Demon of Hate, fourth in the order of Thrones, adversary of St. Stephen. Sonneillon proportedly tempts men with hatred against their enemies.

Michaelis became involved in a case of demonic possession at the Ursuline convent at Aix-en-Provence. This began when one of the nuns, a young girl of noble birth from Marseilles named Madeleine Demandols de la Palud, was diagnosed as possessed by a local Jesuit, Jean-Baptiste Romillon. Madeleine made accusations against her confessor, Father Louis Gaufridy, who was priest of the parish of the Acoules in Marseilles. She claimed that Gaufridy had sexually enchanted her (the devil having made his breath aphrodisiac), and inducted her into witchcraft, causing her body to be invaded by demons which would only leave when the priest was converted, dead or punished. She claimed her principal demonic occupant to be Beelzebub. Unable to exorcise her, Romillon referred the case to the papal territory of Avignon, and the jurisdiction of Michaelis. Another Dominican, Francois Doncieux (also known by the Latinised name Domptius) served as fellow chief investigator alongside Michaelis.

Other nuns soon confessed to similar possessions, the demons in many cases prompting them to sermonize at length. One nun, Louise Capeau, claimed to speak with the voice of a demon named Verin (or Verrine), and on 27 December 1610 announced the coming of the Apocalypse. Beelzebub, speaking through Madeleine Demandols, maintained there to be a total of 6,660 devils involved in the possession.

Gaufridy was examined for the "devil's mark" by Jacques Fontaine, professor of medicine at the University of Aix, and when in early 1611 the required marks were found (Gaufridy claimed they had been made on him without his knowledge or consent), the priest was arrested under orders from the Parlement of Aix. He confessed while in prison, and on 11 April 1611 he was publicly tortured and burnt at Aix-en-Provence.

In heralding the ultimate destruction of the devil, Verin was also speaking of the final defeat of magic, even at its moment of greatest historical influence. in addition, his remarks were a call to arms in a struggle with an apocalyptical outcome; “There shall bee two bands and two armies, the one belonging to God, the other fighting for the Divell, and in this army shall the Antichrist bee.”