I found a Saint Expedite in France! Some stories are rooted in legend, and some are rooted in verifiable fact. This one leans toward the legendary, but that doesn't make it any less compelling to the faithful of New Orleans. It goes like this: Sometime around 1921, Catholic nuns at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church on Rampart Street received a crate marked "expedite" (which may or may not have been intended to indicate it was a rush order). Inside was an otherwise unidentified statue of a Roman soldier, helmetless and swordless. In one hand he held a palm branch, a symbol of martyrdom. In the other was a cross marked "hodie," Latin for "today." The nuns declared him to be St. Expedite, and installed him in the church, near the entrance, where he has for years drawn prayers from legions of people seeking rapid intervention. The authenticity of the local legend of St. Expedite is questionable at best. A similar story, for example, places the nuns opening the "expedite" crate -- which, as the story goes, contained the remains of an unknown saint -- in 18 th century Paris. Yet another involves the Ursulines nuns in New Orleans, said to have received an "expedite" crate around the time of the French Revolution.
Further complicating the story is the fact that there was a real St. Expedite. Though his origin story is murky, he is said to have been an Armenian martyred in fourth-century Turkey while serving as a Roman centurion. #angersfrance #countrylife #beautifulmatters #countrylifestyle #lookingforfrenchhusban #Beautifuldetails #travelphotography #travelholic #traveldiaries #villagelife #Desireelookingforafrenchhusban #travelblog #travelgram #instatravel #lgbttravel #valdeloire #francevacations #medieval #thegoodlife #Ancientarchitecture #igerspaysdelaloire #bretagnemylove #paysdelaloire #paysdelaloiretourisme #chateau