“I wish to sell this house 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.”

The Saint for Selling Houses

In Catholicism, St. Joseph, the carpenter, is the husband of Mary and the foster father of Jesus. He is also viewed as the Patron Saint of homes and home sales. For many home sellers wishing to enlist St. Jospeh’s help, burying his statue has become a traditional practice. All it takes is proper placement along with a humble daily prayer, then wait for the outcome!

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How to Bury St. Joseph to Sell Your Home

When using the Patron Saint of selling houses, follow these simple St. Joseph statue instructions.

  • First, place the statue in a plastic zip lock bag or wrap it in plastic. This is not only to keep it clean but Catholics believe it is a matter of respect when burying St Joseph.
  • Dig a hole big enough to cover the whole statue. Bury the statue in the yard. Most prefer the front yard near the “For Sale” sign, close to the road, or close to the front door. It can also be buried in the back yard about 3 feet from the house or in a rear flower bed. Suggestions for burial are intended to prevent you from forgetting where you buried it, so bury it a location of your preference. If you live in an apartment, place him in a flower pot.
  • Bury the St. Joseph statue upside down, facing the house. Some insist the hands should point to the road to symbolize leaving the home.  Other feel the hands should face the house.
  • Say a humble prayer to St. Joseph to sell the house. Pray daily, whether it be the same prayer or new prayer each day. Pray until the house is sold.
  • Once your house is sold, dig up St. Joseph and find him a special place of honor in your new home.

The St Joseph Prayer to Sell a House

The St Joseph Statue 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 this [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 honor in my home.


The Saint Joseph Novena

In lieu of the St. Joseph prayer, you can say a novena for a total of 9 days. Say a novena with the same cause in mind each day.

Day 1: Oh God, guide of those who listen and helper of those who hear your voice, speak to me, as you did to St. Joseph, and help me accomplish the things you give me to do .

Day 2: O God, you love your people and bless the ordinary lives we quietly live. As you blessed St. Joseph, bless what I do, however hidden and simple it may be, and let all I do be done with love.

Day 3: O God, ever faithful, you remember us always and in time reveal your blessings. Help me trust in you, as St. Joseph faithfully trusted, and never let me lose faith in the wonderful gifts you promise me.

Day 4: God of families, bless the family that’s mine. Keep us safe from harm, and never let evil come between us. Let peace remain in our hearts.

Day 5: O God, who loves children, be kind to our children today. Give them eyes of faith for seeing far, a loving heart for welcoming life, and a place always at your side.

Day 6: God of our heavenly home, bless our home on earth. Let the spirit of Mary and Joseph rest at our table, shape our words and actions, and bring blessing to our children.

Day 7: God, our Father, give your fatherly spirit to those who are fathers now. Like Joseph, give them hearts of devoted love for their wives and children and strength for forgiveness and patience.

Day 8: Give shelter, O God, to those who need it, and bring together families divided. Give us enough to eat, and decent work to earn our bread. Care for us, O God.

Day 9: Bless all families, O Lord especially those in need. Remembering the life of your Son, we pray for the poor, for those who lack a good home, for those in exile. Grant them a protector like Joseph, O God.

The St. Joseph House Sale

Whether burying St. Joseph to sell your house actually works or not is up for debate, but there is certainly no harm in giving it a try. In addition to this popular tradition, one should also consider an experienced real estate agent. If you are looking to sell your home, contact Ursini & Company to learn more about how team Ursini provides maximum exposure for a quick sale.

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