Saint Expeditus of Melitene

detail of a 19th century oil painting of Saint Expeditus of Melitene by an unkown artist in Palermo, Italy; swiped from Wellcome ImagesAlso known as

  • Elpidius
  • Expedite



Possibly legendary. Unclear whether his name led to his association with expeditious matters, or the other way around. This association led to his becoming the patron of people who had to deliver things on time.




  • young Roman soldier holding aloft a cross
  • young Roman soldier holding aloft a banner with the word “hodie” (latin for ‘today’)

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Expeditus of Melitene“. CatholicSaints.Info. 8 March 2019. Web. 28 July 2021. <>