Today’s housing market can cause a lot of anxiety, especially for families looking to find a new home.
St. Joseph’s intercession can help alleviate the stress of buying or selling a home. As protector and provider of the Holy Family, St. Joseph has often been associated with the protection and provision of homes.
When trying to buy or sell a house, many families will ask for St. Joseph’s intercession and invoke to St. Joseph the Worker through this beautiful prayer:
O Saint Joseph, whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the throne of God, I place in you all my interests and desires.
O Saint 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.
O Saint Joseph, I never weary 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.
Saint Joseph, Patron of departed souls – pray for me. (Mention your intention.) Amen.
In addition to this prayer, a fun tradition for people trying to buy or sell their home is to bury a small Statue of St. Joseph in the yard. Once the home is sold, sellers dig up the St. Joseph statue and give him a special place of honor in their new house to remind them of his powerful intercession.
It is unknown how this tradition came to be, but some believe it began from European nuns who would bury a St. Joseph medal on property they hoped to purchase for their convents. Over time, these medals were replaced with St. Joseph statues.
Burying a St. Joseph Statue is not a magic trick to sell your home; rather, it is a pious tradition that reminds us about how powerful St. Joseph’s intercession can be on our behalf. We can continue to pray to St. Joseph the worker when trying to buy or sell a home.
If you are trying to buy or sell your home, The Catholic Company offers St. Joseph Home Sale Kits. This Fontanini St. Joseph Home Sale Kit includes a breathtaking statue of St. Joseph along with a booklet explaining the legend of St. Joseph the Home Seller and a guide to asking for his intercession in your real-estate efforts. Imported from Italy, this kit helps support your devotion to St. Joseph when buying or selling a home. Get one for yourself or as a gift for a friend.