How to Bury the St Joseph Statue to Sell a Home –


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What is the history of burying a St. Joseph statue to sell a house?

There tends to be an abundance of lore around the figure of St. Joseph who is said to often appear in the nick of time to help the faithful when they run into carpentry challenges, for example.

In one version of how people came to start burying his effigy, St. Teresa of Avila, a nun in the 1500s was having trouble finding land for a new convent and started praying to St. Joseph and burying blessed medals of him, and encouraged other nuns to follow suit. Shortly thereafter, the right parcel was found, and the practice was more widely adopted, which eventually morphed into statue burial.

Fast forward to modern times, people with even loose religious ties believe that burying a St. Joseph statue can help them with a home sale. It’s hard to say how widespread the practice is, but it became trendy in the 1990s and there’s still ample demand for the statues from sellers who often purchase them from online retailers.

However, there’s mixed sentiment among Catholics about the tradition. For some, as long as the statue burial is done as a kind of prayer to St. Joseph, it’s a legitimate application of faith. But to others, it’s an expression of a superstition like carrying around a rabbit’s foot for good luck that’s against the Church’s teachings.

Regardless of your view on the matter, be forewarned that some may find the idea of burning statues of saints (especially upside down as we’ll explain below) to be offensive.

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Who is Saint Joseph?

St. Joseph is a popular figure in the Catholic church. He is the husband of Mary. Even if you are not religious or have never been in a church, you may have seen him depicted in many nativity scenes during the Christmas holiday displays.

Joseph was a carpenter. He is associated with workers, feasts, being a model for fathers, protecting the church, the sick and a happy death.

St. Joseph is also associated with the color red, essential oil spikenard, lilies, fava beans, and Italian pastry.

The Way of St. Joseph In 6 Simple Steps

  1. Ask: Ask St. Joseph to help you sell your home.
  2. Believe: Believe in St. Joseph to intercede to God, for the granting of your request
  3. Trust: Bury or place St. Joseph’s statue on the property as an outward sign of your belief and trust in his power.
  4. Thank: Thank St. Joseph for having responded to your call, before, during, and after your home sells.
  5. Move: Move the St. Joseph statue to a place of honor once the home has sold.
  6. Share: Share your experience with family and friends as to how St. Joseph has helped you.

The Origins of Burying St. Joseph 

There are parades, feasts, and other celebrations around the world in observance of the life of St. Joseph, the father of Jesus. Any pocket of Roman Catholic or Italian communities is likely to have some kind of yearly tradition related to him, from New York to Rome.

So where did the tradition of burying him to help sell a house come from? There are several possible origins, disputed by historians. One involves a 16th century Catholic named St. Teresa of Avila. The story goes that she and her nuns buried pictures of St. Joseph and prayed for land so they could open another convent. Of course, the story ends with the land being offered to them.

Another version of the origins of the practice (or perhaps merely another example), involves the German practice of burying these statues in the foundations of new houses. This tradition was given new life when Brother Andre Bessette paid tribute to that St. Teresa we mentioned by burying St. Joseph and praying for land for his new chapel. He soon received news that they were ready to make the sale.

All of this could be called history by believers and folklore by doubters. What remains entirely true is that only some people believed in this practice throughout history. In fact, the Catholic church doesn’t recognize burying St. Joseph statues as a legitimate Catholic observance (it doesn’t condemn it either). This means that you don’t have to be Catholic to take advantage of this good luck ritual.

The practice didn’t reach its modern heights until the 1990s. Today, burying a St. Joseph statue is relatively common, even supported by many realtors, some of whom buy these statues in bulk to give to their sellers.

This begs the question: if you want to bury a St. Joseph statue in the hopes of improving your chances of making a sale, how do you do it?

Where To Get A St. Joseph Statue

These statue-burying kits are sold at Catholic supply stores and online. The Lisa DiNoto Group also provides them for free (click the button below). Usually, the kit will come with a small burying bag, statue, and cards that explain the history, burying instructions, and prayers.

Is burying a St. Joseph statue right for you?

Whether or not to bury a St. Joseph statue to help you sell your home is an entirely personal decision, even if your agent offers you a complimentary one. Anyone can opt to carry out the tradition regardless of religious affiliation, though cultivating some feeling of connection to the saint would make sense.

The good news for those who want to try it is that the statues are inexpensive to come by, costing as little as a few dollars for a small plastic one. Larger, more intricate craftsmanship can run hundreds.

While the steps to following the tradition are relatively simple, religiously devout individuals might want to get their statues blessed by a priest or spiritual advisor before burial. If you plan on keeping the statue following the sale, displaying it in your home, consider spending a bit more on a statue that’s professionally crafted.

For those who opt not to bury, but still want to honor St. Joseph in some way during the home selling process, there are other methods:

  • Since the color red is associated with St. Joseph’s spiritual power, you can plant red flowers or add a splash of red on a door or mailbox.
  • Add red elements to your staging — even if it’s just red flowers in a vase.
  • Get a red for sale sign.
  • Plant some lilies in a flower bed, since they too are associated with the saint.
  • St. Joseph pastries also known as Zeppole di San Giuseppe are traditional Italian cream-filled pastries from the Campagna region typically eaten on March 19 — St. Joseph’s feast day. Making some to share with your agent would be a nice touch.

History of St Joseph statue tradition

Like many urban legends, it’s unclear where the tradition of burying a St Joseph statue began.  Most attribute it to a group of nuns in the 1500’s who prayed for property to build a convent on.  After much prayer, a property was donated to the nuns. While the convent was being built, a statue of St Joseph as found.  The nuns attributed the answer to their patron saint.

In the past 40 years, there has been an increase in the number of people using the statue to help sell their home.  Even those who are not particularly spiritual, have been known to bury statues of the saint to help sell their home.

How to Complete the Ritual

Details on exactly how to complete this ritual vary from place to place. Some say to bury him face down to motivate him to get your home sold and get out of there. Others say to bury him face up and pointing towards the house. The most consistent advice seems to be to bury your St Joseph statue near your for sale sign whenever possible.

A quick Google search should bring up plenty of options for buying St Joseph statue home seller kits online.

Once you receive yours, get to work. You may want to kindly protect the statue with a cloth or zip lock back before placing it in the dirt.

Remember to pray daily and take the statue with you when you move.

If you have a condo or townhome with no yard, you may also bury the statue in a plant pot.

The St Joseph Prayer

Oh, St. Joseph, whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the throne of God. I place in you all my interests and desires. Oh, St. Joseph, do assist me by your powerful intercession, and obtain for me from your divine Son all spiritual blessings, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. So that, having engaged here below your heavenly power, I may offer my thanksgiving and homage to the most loving of Fathers.

Oh, St. Joseph, I never weary of contemplating you, and Jesus asleep in your arms; I dare not approach while He reposes near your heart. Press Him in my name and kiss His fine head for me and ask him to return the Kiss when I draw my dying breath. St. Joseph, Patron of departing souls – Pray for me.

This prayer was found in the fifteenth year of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In 1505 it was sent from the Pope to Emperor Charles when he was going into battle.

Whoever shall read this prayer or hear it or keep it about themselves, shall never die a sudden death, or be drowned, not shall poison take effect of them; neither shall they fall into the hands of the enemy; or shall be burned in any fire, or shall be overpowered in battle.

Say for nine mornings for anything you may desire. It has never been known to fail, so be sure you really want what you ask.

Burying St Joseph Statue to Sell a House Takeaways

Whether you believe in the Christian folklore about buried St. Joseph statues helping houses sell quickly, the tradition is easy to practice. Not everyone agrees on the particulars of the procedure, but these “rules” should help you understand the process and the history behind it.

No matter how you perform the ritual, most accounts agree that St. Joseph should be covered, buried near the road, and given daily prayers to work his magic. Whether it works or not, it’s becoming a more common practice as time goes on. In any case, it couldn’t hurt. But don’t rely solely on burying St Joseph to sell your home. Make sure you still take the necessary steps to sell the home, either by hiring a skilled real estate agent or by putting in the necessary effort and marketing if you go the for sale by owner route.