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Novena to Saint Expeditus

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Introduction:

Expeditus was a Roman centurion in Armenia who was martyred on April 19, 303, for converting to Christianity. When Expeditus decided to convert, the Devil took the form of a raven and tried to convince him to hold off until the next day. Expeditus declared, "I'll be a Christian today!" and stomped on the raven. Icons of Saint Expeditus picture him with a cross with the word "Hodie" ("Today") in his right hand, while under his right foot, a raven says, "Cras" ("Tomorrow").

In this novena, we ask Saint Expeditus to intercede for us for all the graces that we need in our life.

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First Day:

On the first day of the Novena to Saint Expeditus, we pray for the gift of faith.

Second Day:

On the second day of the Novena to Saint Expeditus, we pray for the gift of hope for ourself and for those who have trouble believing.

Third Day:

On the third day of the Novena to Saint Expeditus, we pray that we might be freed from worldly cares, so that we can love God more fully.

Fourth Day:

On the fourth day of the Novena to Saint Expeditus, we pray for the strength to carry the cross of our passions.

Fifth Day:

On the fifth day of the Novena to Saint Expeditus, we pray for the grace of detachment.

Sixth Day:

On the sixth day of the Novena to Saint Expeditus, we pray for freedom from anger.

Seventh Day:

On the seventh day of the Novena to Saint Expeditus, we pray for the grace to pray well.

Eighth Day:

On the eighth day of the Novena to Saint Expeditus, we pray for purity of heart.

Ninth Day:

On the ninth day of the Novena to Saint Expeditus, we pray for the grace of final perseverance.

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