Meet Saint Expedite, a fascinating and obscure figure who is ready and willing to help those who ask. He is the patron of immediate real-world concerns. According to saintexpedite.org, “He seems to help everyone who asks for it.”
Is money tight around your household? Do you need to pay the rent and utilities? Then you my friend should pray to Saint Expedite. He is known for quick action. When you need help and you need it now, He is the saint you want in your corner.
Recently, my significant other lost xer job. After scrounging through “help wanted” ads, numerous websites, and a few temporary agencies, xe was still jobless. Our situation was growing dire — my hours had been drastically cut at my own job. I decided to ask a saint for help since my SO is a lapsed Catholic. Saint Expedite was the figure who appeared when I searched for help finding a job.
Only 5 days elapsed before my SO was hired at the job he wanted — and this after months of nothing. Coincidence? I don’t think so. Thank you, Saint Expedite!
About the Saint:
As a “folk saint,” Expedite [pronounced “Ex-puh-dee-tee”] has a reputation for being a modern creation. Whether he is new or old is irrelevant — only results matters, and this saint definitely brings the results. But according to Milagro Roots, veneration of Expedite actually extends back to the Middle Ages. Milagro Roots goes on to say,
Though he is not recognized by the Catholic church as an official Church Saint-he was mentioned in Martyrologies dating from the Middle Ages and his iconography has been consistently stylized as a young man dressed as a Roman solider, stepping on a black raven with a banner inscribed with the word “cras”-Latin for “tomorrow”, coming out of its beak while he holds a cross with the word “hodie”-Latin for “today”, inscribed upon it.
This raven-cross symbolism springs from a story in which the Devil appeared to St. Expedite as the Devil, tempting him to put off conversion to Christianity until tomorrow (cras)-in part, one assumes, to avoid martyrdom. Expedite replies by crushing the raven under his foot and holding forth a cross with the word for Today emblazoned upon it-indicating that he will not put off till tomorrow what needs to happen today. While veneration of St. Expedite is quite old, the Catholic Church issued an attach on the Saint and was successful in removing him from the official list of Church Saints in the 1960’s.
Saint Expedite takes on many roles. Among them are:
- Ally for the downtrodden and persecuted: Ancient Rome wasn’t always the safest place for Christian converts — declaring one’s faith could lead to death by torture. Furthermore, Saint Expedite is also associated with aid in court cases and rectifying injustice.
- Dying god: his imagery shows him killing a crow [which symbolizes procrastination], and he is also associated with correcting wrongs through cursing. But “death” in this case isn’t physical: Expedite kills procrastination, hurdles, and obstacles.
- Bringer of luck: Perhaps his strongest association, Saint Expedite is most-often petitioned to bring luck, heal love situations, and fix money crises.
Working with Expedite:
If you choose to work with this saint, here are some correspondences you can use:
- His favorite color is red, but he also likes yellow and green. Consider incorporating these colors into an altar cloth.
- A good day to call upon him is Wednesday, but immediate concerns don’t always fall on a Wednesday; I’ve had success calling on him on other days too.
- Good offerings of thanks include flowers, chocolate, and water. In Hoodoo, there is a strong tradition of giving him poundcake.
- Saint Expedite likes to be praised publicly. If you call on him and he comes through,write a blog post, or tell family and friends. You could also place an ad in the local newspaper, a tradition associated with Saint Jude.
- Novenas and prayers specifically for Saint Expedite exist, but many people have experienced success by using their own sincere and heartfelt prayers.