Recently, while reading The Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook by Denise Alvarado, I came across Ms. Alvarado’s version of a petition to St. Expedite. I have not seen this one before but, it goes without saying, that doesn’t mean it hasn’t been around for awhile. The book focuses on New Orleans Voodoo – rather than Haitian Voudon –and as we’ve discussed before St. Expedite is there frequently associated with the lwa of NOLA, Baron Samedi. This prayer is unique to the others I have posted as it gives you an opportunity to add your request at the end, which gives it a charming “homemade” flavor. From the book:
Oh, Glorious Martyr and Protector Saint Expedito! We humbly ask to have fortune and prosperity for our country, that the sick get well, the guilty get pardoned, the just be preserved and those who abandon this valley of tears rest in the Light of The Lord and the souls of the dearly departed rest in peace. (Mention your request). Amen.
Here the author of the prayer first asks for righteous assistance on a broad scale – keep our country, cure the sick, save the martyrs, watch over the dead – and then adds their petition at the end. It is very much in the form of many Catholic prayers which I grew up with. These tend to treat Saints like generous Aunties who, if we as children are clever enough in the way we ask, will hand over an extra treat after supper.
In this same “folk-religion” tradition, supplicants are very much encouraged to go from Saint to Saint until they find the one that gives them candy who then, of course, becomes their favorite. My Aunt Bette was a sucker for my green eyes and gave up the last piece of cake to me every time. Which Auntie do you imagine was my favorite?
Thanks in part to Aunt Bette I am a big fan of red velvet cake and Saint Expedite as well. May your good fortune with him be just as mine has been, and may your favorite Auntie always offer up that last piece of cake. Bonne chance ~
Header: Framed icon of Saint Expedite