St. Joseph, earthly father of Jesus, is the patron saint of fathers and workers, among others. Bury a statue of St. Joseph in the lawn of a home for sale to encourage a successful and timely sale. Follow traditional state burial instructions and then say a prayer for God's help in selling your home. Treat the process with prayerful dignity to avoid engaging in a superstitious practice. Participate in the Feast of St. Joseph on March 19, as an act of gratitude for the saint's intercession with God.
Bury your statue of St. Joseph in the front yard of the home you want to sell. Choose a burial site adjacent to the "Home for Sale" sign or near traffic.
Dig a hole in your lawn. Dig deep enough to accommodate the length of your statue, which may be 4 inches tall.
Bury the statue standing upright. Face the statue toward your home.
Say a single prayer or a novena---nine days of prayers. Ask St. Joseph to intercede with God, the Father, to help you sell your home. Recite a prayer; for example, the one provided on the website St. Joseph's Site: "In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Come to my aid, O God. O Lord, make haste to help me. Almighty God, Father of mercies and giver of all good gifts, I come before you to honor you in your saints and ask their help in my many needs. You promised those who ask, would receive, those who seek, would find, those who knock, would have doors opened to them. Hear the prayers of your church, grant my requests, and pardon my sins. Amen. St. Joseph, just and true, with a father's care you raised the child Jesus, and with a husband's love, you shared your life with Mary, his mother. I entrust myself to your care and place in your hands this request of mine (say request)"
- Believe that God and St. Joseph will hear your intention.
- Display the statue in your new home as a sign of gratitude for the successful sale of your former home.
- Catholics do not pray to saints. Catholics ask saints, whom Catholics believe have the "ear" of God, the Father, to intercede with God for special intentions or needs.
Items you will need
- St. Joseph statue
- A copy of a St. Joseph prayer
- A shovel
- joseph image by Jacques Ribieff from Fotolia.com