Working with St. Expedite
There are many stories on line about St. Expedite ranging from him being a Roman Soldier who was martyred to him being a 'mask' for other spirit beings which "accidentally" came into existence when some Nuns got the wrong idea about the contents of a crate marked 'expedito'. Personally I'm not sure about that story, but it makes a good yarn and it adds to the mystery of this most enigmatic of saints.
For the purposes of this article, lets suspend any disbelief and accept that we have a powerful wonder-working saint, who happens to be a Roman Martyr who is willing to help us providing we ask. So on a blog about healing you might ask why is he being discussed. Well, the answer to that is quite simple. Recently St. Expedite has been helping us in our healing work and sorting out some other problems. It is customary to spread knowledge of wonder-working saints when they help with miracles, so that's what we're doing.
St. Expedite is the Patron Saint of people who need things in a hurry, people who are desperate and need things so fast that it could even be life or death. He is also Patron Saint of Computer Programmers and Procrastinators. St. Expedite doesn't mess about, so you need to be extra careful to only ask for what you need. It takes time to build a relationship with him, just as it does anyone else. The way which we can start to do this is to burn candles and incense in his honour. St. Expedite likes warm spicy incense, and in our experience he favours frankincense. If you are 'into' colour symbolism or therapy, his colours are Gold / Yellow and Red in general, although I did know a lady who'd burn green candles with her red ones when she was asking for money.
Now, having mentioned money I guess I'd better jump straight to it. People often ask St.Expedite to provide for their needs, this can include money, be for healing, to make things work generally for them in their lives. St. Expedite is the patron of things in a hurry, so when you ask him for help make sure it's for things you want right now. I've heard it said that for example pre-emptively asking for his help for something - say next week - will be offensive as he likes to get things done now. Though bear in mind he's not a cosmic ATM - he won't just throw money your way frivolously.
Some people will tell you it's best to petition St. Expedite on a certain day of the week. In my experience this is too much of a 'magical / magickal" tradition - Expedite is a folk saint and so strictly adhering to the rules of ceremonial magic might not be the best way to get his attention. Saints aren't bound by space and time in the same way humans are, and while yes Tuesdays are associated with Mars and St. Expedite as a soldier is a fiery spirit it doesn't mean that he's only listening on Tuesdays.
Typically people will light candles for him and ask his help this is the procedure I use to ask St. Expedites help:
- Lay out a white napkin and on it place a picture of St. Expedite.
- Then to the left of the picture I place a candle and to the right I place a glass of water. The shape formed is a triangle.
- I write out my petition for help and if it's to attract something to me, I fold the paper towards me. If it's to remove an illness / influence / break bad luck - I fold the paper away from me.
- Then I light the candle and pray an appropriate prayer to my Higher Power / God / Goddess.
- When this has been done I will talk to St. Expedite and ask him for help, saying why I need it now. I promise him that when he has granted my request that I will reward him with a slice of cake and some flowers (red carnations are traditional).
- Allow the candle to either burn down or burn out, making sure that it is not left unattended at any point, and it's burnt in a safe appropriate location and candle holder.
A word of caution though, should you fail to pay him tradition states that St. Expedite will take away what he has given and some report that he in effect charges a penalty for breaking the deal. It is customary not to 'over-load' him with more than one petition at a time.
There are many more traditions associated with St. Expedite, more than could be put here in this blog. He is certainly an excellent saint to befriend.
May All Your Works Be Crowned With Success, Glory to You St. Expedite !