Saint Expedite, A Favorite New Orleans Saint
Need Something in Hurry? Ask Saint Expedite!
Saint Expedite is the patron saint of those who need fast solutions to problems, who strive to put an end to procrastination and delays, and who seek financial success. He is one of the most useful saints to petition for help in our instant gratification society...we want what we want and we want it now! Lucky for us, St. Expedite is down for that - so long as you petition him correctly and praise his name after he helps you. read on to learn more about this popular New Orleans Saint, including who he is, how he arrived in New Orleans and how to petition him.
Saint Expedite is the Patron Saint of:
* Everyone who needs a quick solution to a problem
* Dealers (not drug dealers, that's someone else)
USING St. Expedite To help me Win in PROBATE COURT!!!!!
How Did St. Expedite Come to New Orleans?
Most of St. Expedite’s life is a mystery, as very little has been documented apart from his martyrdom and stories surrounding the discovery of his statue. One version of the story of how St. Expedite came to be in New Orleans is recounted by Father Dan Cambria of the Divine Mercy Chapel in New Orleans. He states it was the Ursuline nuns who received an unidentified statue just prior to the French Revolution. All over the exterior of the crate in which the statue was housed were the words “Expedite.” The nuns proceeded to open up the box and when they saw the statue, none of them recognized the identity of the saint. They asked the bishop to identify the saint; but, the bishop was unable to identify the saint. So, the nuns wrote a letter to the people who sent the statue from France inquiring as to the saints' identity. Unfortunately, the French Revolution had already begun and they never received a reply. So, they placed the statue of the unidentified saint whom they now called St. Expedite in the corridor of their school where it remained for several decades.
The students at the convent eventually developed what is referred to as the Nine Hour Novena to St. Expedite. Now, novenas are not uncommon in Catholicism; there are nine day novenas to virtually all saints. However, St. Expedite’s novena was for nine hours and according to this story, the students achieved positive results when praying this novena in an expeditious fashion. His devotion continued to grow among the student body and he gained the reputation for bringing fast results to prayers.
The Conjurer's Guide to St. Expedite
This book provides details for working with St. Expedite within the context of folk Catholicism, hoodoo and New Orleans Voudou. From setting up an altar, to an obscure nine hour novena similar to the one developed by students in the Ursuline convent in the late 1700s, to many original conjures never before revealed to the public, this book will keep the modern conjurer busy for years to come as the need for fast solutions to the problems of daily life continue to present themselves again and again.
In hoodoo, it is customary to offer St. Expedite pound cake, flowers, and a glass of water. In New Orleans, he is typically offer him Sara Lee pound cake, but homemade pound cake is equally as good. He is believed to grant any request within his power provided the petitioner recommends his invocation to others.
St. Expedite's Veve
How to Set Up an Altar Dedicated to St. Expedite
St. Expedite’s altar is set up in a triangle pattern. Modern practitioners tend to use red candles when working with St. Expedite; but, any color can be used with him and of course the staple white candle is perfect for the novena. Place the candle at the back of the altar; this is the tip of the triangle formation. In the front and to the left, place an ordinary glass of water and in the front and to the right of the triangle place the statue or image of him in the form of a picture or holy card. An optional silver bell goes in the front of the altar set up.
Altar Set Up for St. Expedite
Patronage and Attributes
Feast day: April 19
Patronage: Emergencies, procrastinators, merchants, navigators, computer programmers, hackers, revolutionaries, examinees, anyone needing a quick solution to a problem, e-commerce, internet users, New Orleans, Republic of Molossia
Canonization: Martyrdom by Diocletian in Armenia
Day of the week: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Candle color: Red, Yellow, Green
Offerings: Sarah Lee pound cake, red flowers, water, candles, red rock salt, Cajun and Creole spices
Payment for Services Rendered: pound cake, candles, flowers, charitable work, giving money to the poor, public acknowledgement
Petition: when haste in any matter is needed; for fast solutions to problems; when your computer is not cooperating; for better business; when taking a test or exam; for finances; to end procrastination; for love; for money; healing; court cases; cursing an enemy; death, dying, and sorcery (these latter petitions are not part of traditional Catholic devotion to St. Expedite)
Corresponding Voudou/Vodou Lwa: Baron Samedi, Baron LaCroix, Guede Limbo
St. Expedite's Altar
St. Expedite Prayers
Quick Prayer to St. Expedite
Here is a quick prayer you can easily memorize and say to the Minute Saint, as he is referred to by an informant in the Hyatt texts, when all you have is a minute to ask for his intercession and need some quick St. Expedite lucky mojo:
Glorious St. Expedite, I beg you to intercede before the Holy Trinity and grant me the grace of (state your petition). Answer me, and I will spread the glory of your name. Amen.
The above prayer can be said at any time without any sort of accoutrement. However, if you snap your fingers before saying the prayer you will be sure to get his attention.
Prayer to Get a Job
Here is another prayer that can be said for getting a job:
Glorious St. Expedite, I call upon your power, speed and ability to come to my assistance and help me to gain employment. Quickly, bring to me (state your need). Grant me my petition with haste, and I will spread the glory of your good name. Amen.
With the above prayer, burn a dual action red/green candle anointed with St. Expedite Fast Luck Oil.
St. Expedite/Baron Samedi
St. Expedite Hoodoo Spells
Hot Penny Activators to Fire Up your Finances
These are pennies charged and blessed on St. Expedite’s altar that will serve to activate your money and stimulate your finances. After they are charged they are to be kept with your change and your regular money. Get a green bowl and fill with Dragon’s blood resin, parsley, magnetic sand and cinnamon chips. Take nine shiny copper pennies and cleanse with Hoyt’s Cologne, Florida Water or FaSt Luck Water (see formula in this section) and add to the bowl. Set St. Expedite’s image behind the bowl. Take a pinch of the parsley, Dragon’s Blood and magnetic sand and powder it in a mortar and pestle. Cleanse a green candle with Florida water, allow to air dry and anoint with St. Expedite oil. Then, roll in the powdered herbs. Get St. Expedite’s attention by ringing a bell and calling out his name three times or by knocking on the altar three times in front of the bowl. Light the fixed green candle in front of the bowl. Tell St. Expedite: “By the Power of the Holy Trinity, I ask you to do this favor for me. Give these pennies the power to increase my money three fold whenever they touch my wallet, purse, bank statements, coins, and dollar bills. In return, I promise to spread your good name as an excellent servant of God. Expedite this wish with speed, love, honor, and goodness. Glory to you, Saint Expedite!” Remember to fulfil any promises you made to him immediately and thank him publicly after he grants your request
St. Expedite Spell to Get Rid of a Person
Melt some black wax from a candle and knead the wax like dough. Write the person’s name on a piece of brown paper four times backward and five times forward. Put this paper in the middle of the ball and make sure it is sealed in real good. Then, stick nine pins in the ball. Take the ball to the nearest river and throw it in. Snap your fingers and say “St. Expedite, make him go quick.”
Part 1 The Advocation to confer Spirits threw St. Expedite
Part 2 The Advocation to Confer Spirits through St Expedite
St. Expedite Spell to Get Rid of a Person
Excerpt from the Voodoo Doll Spellbook
This spell seeks the assistance of St. Expedite. Perform this spell on a Friday. Write the name of your target on a red balloon filled with helium. Make a very small Voodoo doll out of red fabric, anoint with Fast Luck Oil or St. Expedite Oil, and attach a medal of St. Expedite to the doll. Light a red candle. Place a Holy Card of St. Expedite on your altar and offer him a glass of water and say the following prayer:
Saint Expedite, you lay in rest.
I come to you and ask that this wish be granted.
____________ (Express exactly what you want, and ask him to find a way to get
it to you.)
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 help 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!
Tie the balloon to the Voodoo doll and release into the air. The person should leave in whatever direction the wind is blowing. When your request is granted, thank St. Expedite by offering him a piece of Sara Lee pound cake. Offering Sara Lee pound cake is customary in New Orleans but if you do not have the Sara Lee brand, use what you have. You should also thank him publicly to let others know of his generosity. If you do not thank him in this manner, he will take back your request and then some, so be sure to remember this step.
Links about St. Expedite
- A Nine Hour Novena to St. Expedite - Crossroads University
Following are instructions for performing the Nine Hour Novena to St. Expedite and images you may print out for use in your workings with him.
- The Conjurer's Guide to Saint Expedite
The official website for St. Expedite and the book "The Conjurer's Guide to St. Expedite"
- The Veneration of Saints in New Orleans - New Orleans voodoo | Examiner.com
One of the hallmarks of New Orleans Voodoo hoodoo is the incorporation of elements of Catholicism, especially the saints. In the Voodoo tradition, many of the lloas are associated with a Catholic saint (sometimes more than one) and in fact, the saint
- On the Art of Conjure 'n Hoodoo: Invoke St. Expedite for Quick Results
I receive so many emails from people wanting to know how to get relief, and how to get relief fast so I thought I would share a couple of spells here that involve petitioning St. Expedite. Truth be told, I need to share his name and work because he h
St. Expedite Bottle Spell
New The Most Important Thing
Don't forget to pay St. Expedite what you promised!
© 2011 Denise M Alvarado