Sunday, April 22, 2012

Burying St. Joseph Statue

I know that you are trying to sell your home and sometimes you are at a loss as to why it has not happened.  I have had a few people tell me that they want their dream home at Southern Meadow but they have to wait until their house sells.  My response, "Bury St. Joseph!"  Now, in no way am I looking to offend anyone.  St. Joseph is a Catholic Saint, Jesus' Foster-Father, some people believe in this, others do not.  This is a very old folk lore that some people believe is a remedy to fix the problem of your house not selling.  It happens to be something that I believe in (but I am Catholic and Italian so I am full of folk lore and superstitions!)  If you have received St. Joseph in the mail from us, please do not take offense.  All I am asking is that you try it.  Bury St. Joseph in the yard, and a successful closing may not be long in the offing!

I thought that I would give you a little bit of the history and how to bury St. Joseph (from

The History of St. Joseph
The history behind the tradition to bury a statue of Saint Joseph is hundreds of years old (A.D. 1515-1582).  It began in Europe with nuns at a Cloister needed to expand their land, and after a prayer to St. Joseph they buried medals of him in the ground. 

After a short time their prayers had been heard and they got more land.  This old story has lived on until today but on the tradition has changed from burying medals to burying statues.

St. Joseph was the husband to Virgin Mary and the earthly father of Jesus of Nazareth.  We don't know a lot about Joseph, except that he was a skilled craftsman and a good father.  He became a Saint for workers and it is very common to pray to him to get his help with house sales and many other things.

The reason he was made a Patron Saint is that he taught Jesus the craftsman's trade and made sure that Jesus was always well housed.  That is the reason why he always helped people find a house they were looking for and in that way help the people who need to sell their homes.

So now you know the history of St. Joseph and you have opened the gift of the St. Joseph statue.  Cute isn't it??  Well, What do you do next?  You bury St. Joseph!

How to Bury Saint Joseph statues....

St. Joseph is mostly common buried upside down facing the house.  Some say that this tradition goes back from what is called the "degradation of the saints".  At that time the tradition was that you threatened the saints by burying them and with that saying to the saints "I will keep you with your head down in the dirt until you sell my house for me".  Now days, the tradition to bury a statue of St. Joseph is still the same, but it's not very common to threaten him, instead we pray to his good will and pray that he will help us with a fast, smooth and profitable sale.

  • Bury the statue in the yard, the exact location varies, most common is in the front of the house.  Favorable spots are either close to the "For Sale" sign or close to the road.
  • Bury the statue upside down, facing the house
  • Pray to St. Joseph when you are burying him and keep praying until the house is sold
  • But the most important part is to have FAITH all the time, In Yourself, In Your Sale and in St. Joseph
  • After your house is sold you should take him with you to your new home and put him in a place of honor.
Now, I know some of you are thinking that I must be nuts!!  I sent you a statue and I want you to bury it in your yard....Well, we want you to sell your home and begin your new life at Southern Meadow!  You may not be Catholic or religious but I am sure you have faith in yourself, in your sale and you can have faith in St. Joseph!  I have faith in you and that your house will sell and I will be saying this prayer for YOU everyday!

Remember have FAITH in yourself, in the sale of your home and in St. Joseph and it will happen.  We will see you soon at Southern Meadow.  Look for testimonials from people in our community!

The prayer:

O, Saint Joseph,
you who taught our Lord
the carpenter's trade
and saw to it
that he was always properly housed,
hear my earnest plea.

I want you to help me now
as you helped your foster-child Jesus,
and as you have helped many others
in the matter of housing

I wish to sell this (house/property)
quickly, easily and profitably
and I implore you to grant my wish
by bringing me a good buyer,
one who is
eager, compliant, and honest,
and by letting nothing impede the
rapid conclusion of the sale.

Dear Saint Joseph,
I know you would do this for me
out of the goodness of your heart
and in your own good time
but my need is very great now
and so I must make you hurry
on my behalf.

Saint Joseph, I am going to place you
in a difficult position
with your head in darkness
and you will suffer as our Lord suffered
until the (house/property) is sold.

Then Saint Joseph, I swear
before the cross and God Almighty,
that I will redeem you
and you will receive my gratitude
and a place of honour in my home.



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