The tradition of burying a statue of St. Joseph is thought to have originated with a nun whose convent needed to purchase more land. This nun is said to have buried a St. Joseph medal in the ground and then prayed to St. Joseph for his intercession. As the story goes, the convent was able to purchase more land. The practice of burying a medal gave way to burying a statue of the Saint. When this practice began, in addition to burying St. Joseph upside down, people threatened to leave the saint in the ground if he did not help them. Today people do not threaten him, instead appealing to his good nature for help.
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- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- 1 statue of St. Joseph
Dig a hole in your front yard near the street. Some people recommend putting it near your for-sale sign. The hole should be about 12 inches deep.
Place the statue of St. Joseph upside down in the hole. Make sure he is facing your house. Fill the hole in with dirt.
Say a prayer to St. Joseph. It can be your own or a traditional prayer such as this: "Dear St. Joseph, head of the most perfect household, foster father of Jesus and guardian of His mother Mary, I confidently place myself and all my concerns under your care and protection. I ask that, through your powerful intercession with God, you obtain for me all the help and graces that I need for my spiritual and temporal welfare and in particular, the special favour I now ask (here mention and think of your home sale). Good St. Joseph, I know with confidence that your prayers on my behalf will be heard by God, and if it is His Will, it will be done. Thank you St. Joseph, for having responded to my call. Amen."
Pray to St. Joseph at least once a day while your house in on the market and until it is sold. Once sold, dig up the St. Joseph statue and clean it. Take it with you to your new home and display in a prominent location.
Tips and warnings
- If you are trying to sell your condo and cannot bury St. Joseph's statue outside, some people suggest burying him upside down in a large pot.
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