Saint Expedite

Saint Expedite

Little is known of this saint other than the name Expeditus appears in the Roman Martyrology — an official list of recognized saints of the Catholic church — but his popularity is well known.
Depicted as a young Roman centurion in his right hand holding a cross with the words HODIE (Latin for “today”) and under his right foot, he steps upon a crow with a ribbon in its beak that says CRAS (Latin for “tomorrow”). In his left hand he holds a palm leaf which is a symbol of a martyr, but

also a symbol for victory. Next to his left foot, you find his helmet on the ground. In my opinion, this is symbolizing that while Saint Expedite is focused on the present, he does not forget where he came from. Acknowledging his past, but not living there — a good message to consider.

Candles offered to Saint Expedite are generally red and lit on Wednesdays. Candles can be anointed with an oil such as St. Expedite oil or oils focusing on speed such as Fast Luck. It is customary that once Saint Expedite has completed the task you have prayed for, you give offerings of flowers, pound cake, and giving a public thank you. It is also said one should not ask for Saint Expedite’s aid unless you are prepared to give attribute when the work is done. It is believed that he will swiftly take it away.

Prayer to Saint Expedite
St. Expedite honored
by the gratitude of those
who have invoked thee
at the last hour
and for pressing cases,
we pray thee to obtain
from the all powerful
goodness of God,
by the intercession
of Mary Immaculate,
(today or such a day)
the grace we solicit with
all submission
to the Divine Will.

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