We looked at New World traditions like the Ekkeko Spirits and petitioning saints, Angels and Sages for money but this for us didn't seem to quite fit. Asking the Saints for help is normal, asking them for money is probably one of the most common requests they get and they always do their best to respond. But for some reason just asking for money doesn't seem to fully tackle the situation, once you have money you need to be able to keep hold of it. This is where the good Saint Matthew comes in.
St. Matthew is both Patron Saint of Money and Patron Saint of managing money. In life, we are told, he was a tax collector and his name roughly translated means 'Gift from God'. He can help us to get what we're owed, to pay our debts (both temporal and spiritual) and to keep more of our income - making us more financially sound. He's the guy to get our 'books balanced'.
You might like to try the following Novena - for nine days burn a combination of green, gold and blue candles in honour of the Saint, set out a glass of water and perhaps even the image at the top of this page whilst praying:
Prayer to St. Matthew
Dear publican become a Saint, after once gathering taxes and tolls how wonderful was your conversion by grace when you followed the Poor Man of Nazareth. Grant that I may be provided for in all my necessities, especially:
*Make Petition Here*
O Glorious St. Matthew, intercede in Heaven for me a Sinner that I may enjoy the glories of Heaven whilst here on Earth and I will praise your name with the elect and tell others of your glory. Amen
1 Our Father and Three Hail Marys.
(these are traditional, but optional).