[MR] Wikipedia: St. Expeditus
Garth Groff and Sally Sanford
mallardlodge1000 at gmail.com
Sun May 20 01:36:48 PDT 2018
Well, we missed his feast day (19 April), but so did much of the world.
Meet St. Expeditus, one of the more fascinating, but obscure, saints of the
St. Expeditus was said to have been a Roman soldier who was martyred in
303. He is usually depicted in Roman armor, crushing the Devil who appeared
as a crow to stop him from converting to Christianity. He is often invoked
as protector against procrastination, as well as protection against long
legal cases, among other things in his portfolio.
The Saint's origins are very murky, to say the least, and several stories
circulate of boxed relics or religious objects delivered to this church or
that convent marked only with some variation of "expedite". Despite a
possibly dodgy pedigree, the saint was widely venerated during the middle
ages in Italy, and today remains popular in Brazil and other Latin American
countries, as well as the island of Réunion.
More about St. Expeditus is found at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Expeditus
, or on Catholic Online where you can see in really nice image of him
squishing the offending crow:
https://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=347 . There is also a
very interesting article from WIRED about modern interest in St. Expeditus
by hackers and other electronic knowledge users at
Don't put off looking him up.
Mungo Napier, Laird of Mallard Lodge 🦆
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