Devotions & Prayers

Setting Up An Altar
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St. Expedit’s altar is set up in a triangle pattern. Modern practitioners tend to use red candles when working with St. Expedit; but, any color can be used with him and of course the staple white candle is always an ideal substitute. Some basic guidelines (not set in stone) include petitioning St. Expedit on Wednesdays with red candles, Thursdays with yellow candles and Fridays with green candles. You can use a glass encased candle with his image on it, a votive candle, taper candle, an offertory candle or even a tea light. Whichever candle you use, place it 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 or rain water if you can get it 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.

 

In hoodoo, it is customary to offer St. Expedit pound cake, flowers, and a glass of water. In New Orleans, he is  typically offered 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. Offerings are best made after requests are granted. The reason offerings are made after he grants his request is because it is payment for his services—an incentive if you will. If you pay him beforehand, he has no incentive to work quickly on your behalf.

     

Once his altar is set up and you are ready to petition him, turn his image upside down. If you are making a simple devotional, this is not necessary; but, if you are invoking his intercession for a favor to be granted, turning his image upside down signifies a work is in progress. Then, ring the bell three times while calling out his name. This is to wake him up and get his attention. If you do not have a silver bell, tap on the glass of water three times or knock on the altar table three times while calling his name. Then, proceed with any of the works and prayers in the next sections of the book. When he answers your petition, be sure to set him right side up again and give him public praise and a piece of pound cake. Do not eat the offerings you have given him. After 24 hours, throw the offerings outside under a tree and let the birds or other animals eat them. If you have given him white rum, leave it on his altar until it is consumed.

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Prayer to Saint Expedit

 My Saint Expedit of urgent and just causes, please intercede for me with Our Lord Jesus Christ. 
Succor me in this hour of affliction and despair, my Saint Expedit. You who are a Holy warrior, You who are the Saint of the afflicted, You who are the Saint of the desperate, you who are the Saint of urgent causes, Protect me, Help me, Give me Strength, Courage and Serenity.

Hear my plea. ____________ (Clearly express what you want, and ask him to find a way to get it to you.)

My Saint Expedit, help me to prevail through these difficult hours, protect me from all those who want to harm me, respond to my plea with urgency. Bring me back to the state of peace and tranquillity, my Saint Expedit. I will be grateful to you for the rest of my life and I will speak your name to all those who have faith.
(Now promise to give Saint Expedit a specific offering when your desire is granted.)
Amen.
(Say one Our Father, one Holy Mary, and make the sign of the cross.)

(Be sure to provide the offering you promised if Saint Expedit grants your petition)

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For A Financial Crisis

Here is a prayer for your money emergency. The traditional way to petition Saint Expedite is to take a white and a green candle; carve your name on them lengthwise. Light the candles and continue lighting the candles and praying to him until you receive his answer. Have faith and do not doubt his power or willingness to help you.

Pray to Saint Expedite

I call forth the Power and the presence of St. Expedite in my time of financial trouble. I offer my body, heart, mind and soul upon your altar of light. I have faith and trust and complete confidence that you will be my strength in this time of need. Quickly come to my assistance.

Bring to me ____________ (Clearly express what you want, and ask him to find a way to get it to you.)

My financial need is urgent. Be my Light and Guide in this situation so that I may live with peace, love, prosperity and abundance and in the Praise of God.

Amen.

(Now promise to give Saint Expedite a specific offering If your desire is granted.)

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House And Home

Pray to Saint Expedite 
I come before you, Saint Expedite, 
To remedy economic problems in my work and my home.
And to ask for your powerful support.
Saint Expedite, protect my income,
That I may obtain sufficient money for necessities,
And tranquillity and joy will reign in my house.
By your grace, Blessed Saint, 
I request and pray that I will achieve my desire. 

____________ (Clearly express what you want, and ask him to find a way to get it to you.) 

And I will give thanks for your glorious intercession.

(Now promise to give Saint Expedite a specific offering If your desire is granted.)

Amen.

(Be sure to provide the offering you promised if Saint Expedite grants your petition)

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For Quick Help

Pray to Saint Expedite 
Saint Expedite, you lay in rest.
I come to you and ask that this wish be granted.

____________ (Clearly express 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!

As you recite this prayer, light a candle to Saint Expedite next to a glass of water for the Saint. Recite daily until the request is granted, then be sure to give Saint Expedite a gift. Also place an ad in the newspaper thanking Saint Expedite, so that his name and glory will grow. 

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When You Are In Urgent Need

Pray to Saint Expedite 
Our dear martyr and protector, Saint Expedite,
You who know what is necessary and what is urgently needed.
I beg you to intercede before the Holy Trinity, that by your grace 
my request will be granted.
____________ (Clearly express what you want, and ask him to 
find a way to get it to you.)

May I receive your blessings and favors.
In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.

If Saint Expedite grants your request, place an ad in the newspaper thanking Saint Expedite, so that his name and fame will grow.

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For Quick Action

Pray to Saint Expedite 
Saint Expedite, 
Noble Roman youth, martyr,
You who quickly brings things to pass,
You who never delays, I come to you in need: 
____________ (Clearly express what you want and ask him to 
find a way to get it to you.)
Do this for me, Saint Expedite, and when it is accomplished,
I will as rapidly reply with an offering to you.
(State your vow or promise)
Be quick, Saint Expedite!
Grant my wish before your candle burns out, and I will glorify your name.
Amen.
As you say this prayer, light a glass-encased Saint Expedite candle (with the saint's picture on it) next to a glass of water. Recite the prayer once a day for as long as the candle burns (usually several days) and when your request is granted, pour the water from the water glass into the empty glass container that held the candle. Place some fresh cut flowers in the candle glass, use it like a vase. You may also offer a slice of pound cake. Then place an ad in the newspaper thanking Saint Expedite, to spread his fame. 

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To End Procrastination

Pray to Saint Expedite

St. Expedite witness of Faith to the point of martyrdom, in exercise of Good, you make tomorrow today. You live in the fast time of the last minute, always projecting yourself toward the future. 
Expedite and give strength to the heart of the man who doesn't look back and who doesn't postpone. 
Amen

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For Desperate Causes

Pray to Saint Expedite

My Saint Expedite of urgent and just causes, please intercede for me with Our Lord Jesus Christ. 
Succor me in this hour of affliction and despair, my Saint Expedite. You who are a Holy warrior, You who are the Saint of the afflicted, You who are the Saint of the desperate, you who are the Saint of urgent causes, Protect me, Help me, Give me Strength, Courage and Serenity.

Hear my plea. ____________ (Clearly express what you want, and ask him to find a way to get it to you.)

My Saint Expedite, help me to prevail through these difficult hours, protect me from all those who want to harm me, respond to my plea with urgency. Bring me back to the state of peace and tranquillity, my Saint Expedite. I will be grateful to you for the rest of my life and I will speak your name to all those who have faith.
(Now promise to give Saint Expedite a specific offering when your desire is granted.)
Amen.
(Say one Our Father, one Holy Mary, and make the sign of the cross.)

(Be sure to provide the offering you promised if Saint Expedite grants your petition)

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For Intercession And Protection

Three Short Prayers to Saint Expedite

May the intercession of the glorious Martyr, St. Expedite, recommend us, O my God, to Thy goodness, in order that his protection may obtain for us what our own merits are powerless to do.

Amen 

We supplicate Thee Lord, to inspire, by Thy grace all our thoughts and actions. That thou being their principle, we may by the intercession of St. Expedite, be conducted with courage, fidelity and promptitude, at the time proper and favorable, and come to a good and happy end. Through our Lord, Jesus Christ.

Amen 

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.

Amen

Novena to St. Expeditus

   

Nine Day Novena    

Use in Stubborn Cases
If it is possible, recite this Novena before the Most Blessed Sacrament.
Saint Expeditus suffered a lot during the time of Diocletion. He is holding a cross in which is inscribed "Hodie" (Today) while he is stepping on a crow which is crying "Cras" (Tomorrow) in order to remind us not to doubt even for a single moment the great mercy of God, and not to postpone for tomorrow the devout and trusting prayer but to call on him always as our advocate by the side of our Blessed Virgin.

Nine Hour Novena

Hello, over the years we have received hundreds of requests to explain the steps to the Nine Day Novena. So we tried to simplify it by including everything step by step. Since we have done that now we get questions about the Nine Hour Novena that is published on another website. Honestly, I do not believe it is as effective as the Nine Day Novena, but I did get one person that said it has helped him. That being said, I guess there are people who want things immediately. The Nine Day Novena can be shortened into the Nine Hour Novena by using the same prayers in the same order just by reciting them every HOUR instead of every day. May Saint Expedite Bless You.

 

Act of Contrition
My LORD Jesus Christ, Father of endless charity, I am heartily sorry for my sins. Grant me, therefore, pardon of my sins and the grace I ask of You thru the merits of the sorrows of Your loving Mother and the virtues of Your martyr, Saint Expeditus.
Prayer to Saint Expeditus for Each Day

Concluding Prayer:
Oh Saint Expeditus, my protector, in you I place my hope that my petitions may be granted if they are for my own good. Please ask Our Lord, through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin, for the forgiveness of my sins, and the grace to change my life, particularly the grace ... (mention here the particular grace desired) and I promise to follow your examples and will propagate this devotion to you.

FIRST DAY
O Glorious Martyr, Saint Expeditus, through the lively faith which was granted you by God, I ask you to awaken the same faith in my heart, that I may also believe wholeheartedly that there is God, but most particularly that I may be saved from sinning against Him.
Three Our Fathers in honour of the Most Holy Trinity then the concluding prayer.
Concluding Prayer for Each Day
Remember O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that any one who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, and sought thine intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother. To thee I come; before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my words but graciously hear and grant my prayer. Amen.
One Hail Mary in honour of Our Lady of Sorrows.

SECOND DAY
My Lord Jesus Christ ...
O Glorious Martyr, Saint Expedius, through the eviable hope given you by God, pray that those of little belief may be penetrated by some rays of hope so that they also receive eternal things; please pray that ardent hope in God be also given me and hold me steadfast in the midst of sufferings.
Three Our Fathers then the concluding prayer.

THIRD DAY
My Lord Jesus Christ ...
O Glorious Martyr, Saint Expeditus, through the endless love which Our Lord planted in your heart, please remove from mine all the shackles tied by worldliness, that without them I may love only God in all eternity. Amen.
Three Our Fathers then the concluding prayer.

FOURTH DAY
My Lord Jesus Christ ...
O Glorious Martyr, Saint Expeditus, who knew fully well the teaching of the Divine Teacher to carry the cross and follow Him, ask Him for the graces I need that I may fight my own passions.
Three Our Fathers then the concluding prayer.

FIFTH DAY
My Lord Jesus Christ ...
O Glorious Martyr, Saint Expeditus, through the bountiful graces you received from Heaven that you may conserve all your virtues, grant also that I may get rid of all the feelings that block my way to Heaven.
Three Our Fathers then the concluding prayer.

SIXTH DAY
My Lord Jesus Christ ...
O Glorious Martyr, Saint Expeditus, through the sufferings and humiliations which you received for the love of God, grant me also this grace which is very pleasing to God, and free me from anger and hardness of heart which is the stumbling block of my soul.
Three Our Fathers then the concluding prayer.

SEVENTH DAY
My Lord Jesus Christ ...
O Glorious Martyr, Saint Expeditus, you know that prayer is the golden key that will open the Kingdom of Heaven, teach me to pray in a manner which is desirable to Our Lord and to His Heart, that I may live only for Him, that I may die only for Him, and that I may pray only to Him in all eternity.
Three Our Fathers then the concluding prayer.

EIGHTH DAY
My Lord Jesus Christ ...
O Glorious Martyr, Saint Expeditus, through the clean desire that reigned in all your feelings, word and actions, please let them guide me also in my endless search for the glory of God and the good of my fellowmen.
Three Our Fathers then the concluding prayer.

NINTH DAY
My Lord Jesus Christ ...
O Glorious Martyr, Saint Expeditus, who was so much loved by the Queen of Heaven, that to you nothing was denied, ask her, please my advocate, that through the sufferings of her Divine Son and her own sorrows, I may receive this day the grace I ask of you; but above all the grace to die first before I commit any mortal sin. Amen.
Three Our Fathers then the concluding prayer.