William Stanney, OFM 11 p.m., Dec. 17
Saint Expeditus / Ekspedyt or Wierzyn in the St. Adalbert Church in Poznan (Saint Adalbert Hill). In the 20th century Pr. Boleslaus Koscielski (pastor in the years 1903-1925) contributed considerably to the present interior appearance. The church had got a new modernistic decor dominated by rich rhythmic folk art-inspired murals with the Our Lady, St. Adalbert, and St. Stanislaus images, including the ‘Bogurodzica’ (historic, Polish national anthem) text fragments intertwined with the ornaments painted by Anthony Procajlowicz. In the 17th century both the nave and the chancel were elevated, and then the stellar vaulting was built (renaissance forms with columns). St. Expeditus (the statue in the picture), invoked for urgent and hopeless causes especially as the eleventh hour (by soldiers and unemployed people; implored for success in lawsuits, sufferings, storms, fires, floods, losses, and epidemics; in the case of family disputes, for the sinners conversion, and in financial difficulty), was made the patron saint of dealers, sailors, students, and examinees. He is considered to be the best advocate for jobseekers. The sacred art depicts him as a soldier saint.
Posted October 25, 2012