The prayer of San Alejo is designed to distance a person from his enemies and those of bad faith. In English, it is known as the prayer of Saint Alex or Alexander. The ritual of the prayer is accompanied by the burning of the San Alejo Seven Day Saint Candle.
The veneration of San Alejo originated in Syria, moved to Rom, and later to the New World. Mexican Catholics in particular offer prayer to San Alejo. Recognized for his steadfast faith in the face of persecution and ostracism, San Alejo, who is reputed to have died in 417, is also the patron saint of Beggars.