Introduction to Saint Expedite

Saint Expedite, the patron of urgent causes, commands a unique presence in the spiritual world. Known for his swift assistance, he is celebrated every April 19th, attracting followers from diverse backgrounds. Originating as a Roman centurion who embraced Christianity and faced martyrdom in 303 AD, Saint Expedite's legacy has transcended centuries. Misinterpretations of his name and relics sparked an accidental veneration that evolved into a profound devotion across the globe. From resolving legal disputes swiftly to aiding in personal emergencies, Saint Expedite is turned to when time is of the essence. This blog post delves into his historical origins, the significance of his symbols, and how his influence extends into modern spiritual practices across various cultures.

Historical Background

Saint Expedite was said to be a Roman centurion stationed in Armenia, who converted to Christianity and became a martyr during the Diocletianic Persecution. Over time, the story of Saint Expedite evolved, becoming enriched by folklore and local customs. Initially, his veneration might have begun from a simple misreading of the word "Expeditus," but it laid the foundation for a widespread cult following. Today, he is revered not just for urgent causes but also as a patron of students, sailors, and those involved in legal disputes.

Veneration and Symbols

The typical depiction of Saint Expedite portrays him as a young Roman soldier, stepping on a crow, which symbolizes procrastination, with one foot while holding a cross inscribed with "Hodie" (meaning "today") in his hands. This imagery underscores his association with immediate action and disdain for delay. The crow often speaks the word "Cras" (meaning "tomorrow") emphasizing the saint's role in combating postponement. In various representations, he might also hold a palm branch, symbolizing his martyrdom and victory over death.

Modern Devotion

Saint Expedite's cult is particularly vibrant in places like Louisiana and Réunion Island, where his veneration incorporates elements of local culture, blending Catholic and Creole traditions. In Louisiana, followers often leave offerings of pound cakes, while in Réunion, the altars are adorned with red, reflecting his role in judicial matters and urgent pleas. The annual celebration on April 19th sees numerous devotees seeking his blessings for rapid solutions to their problems.

Creating an Altar and Performing Rituals with Saint Expedite

Creating a dedicated altar for Saint Expedite is a central aspect of engaging with his swift energies. For those new to this practice or looking to deepen their existing rituals, the Saint Expedite Ritual Kits are now available at a special discount. These kits are designed to facilitate quick spiritual interventions and enhance your connection with the saint.

Setting Up the Altar

To begin, arrange the items on your altar in a triangular pattern to create a focused and balanced energy space:

  • At the triangle's top point, place a candle to symbolize light and guidance.
  • On the left front point, set a glass of water to bring clarity and purity to your intentions.
  • On the right front point, position an image or statue of Saint Expedite, serving as the focal point of your prayers and requests. You can work with a statue, icon or prayer card, or simply print any image you like from Google Images.

Using the Ritual Kit

Each Saint Expedite Ritual Kit includes a 1-ounce bottle of handmade oil and a pouch of handmade incense, both specially formulated to resonate with Saint Expedite’s powerful energies:

  • Start by lighting the incense, gently wafting it over all the items on the altar to perfume them, drawing and maintaining Saint Expedite’s attention. Place the burning incense in front of you as you continue.
  • Anoint yourself and the image or statue of Saint Expedite with the ritual oil. This act enhances your personal connection to the saint and sanctifies the ritual, preparing you to make your request.

Conducting the Ritual

With your altar set and your tools prepared, you're ready to invoke Saint Expedite:

    1. Recite the Prayer:
      Saint Expedite, you lay in rest. I come to you and ask that this wish be granted. (Clearly and simply state your request) Expedite now what I ask of you. Expedite now what I want of you, this very second. Don't waste another day. Grant me what I ask for. I know your power, I know you because of your work. I know you can do this for me. Do this for me and I will spread your name with love and honor so that it will be invoked again and again. Expedite this wish with speed, love, honor, and goodness. Glory to you, Saint Expedite!
  1. Continue your devotion by reciting this prayer daily until your request is granted.

After the Ritual

Once Saint Expedite has granted your request, it’s crucial to fulfill your promise to him:

  • Offer him gifts, such as three pieces of pound cake, with a shiny penny inserted into each one, three red roses, or a mug of instant coffee as a token of gratitude. Whatever you're planning to offer, mention it in your prayer each time you recite it and make sure you have it handy to give it as soon as it's available. Once his offerings are no longer fresh, leave them at a crossroads near the edge of the wilderness. You may choose to keep the pennies by his statue, as they don't get stale or old.
  • Spread his name with love and honor, as you vowed in your prayer, to continue the cycle of gratitude and acknowledgment of his quick work.


Always remember, when working with Saint Expedite, to fulfill your promises promptly. His swift assistance is matched by his expectation for quick gratitude.


Saint Expedite remains a powerful ally for those in urgent need. His ability to swiftly address prayers has not only sustained but also expanded his following across the globe. Whether you're a long-time devotee or newly curious, setting up an altar or using devotional products can be a meaningful way to connect with this saint of rapid solutions. Share your experiences or explore what Saint Expedite might bring into your life, as countless others have found comfort and answers under his patronage.

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