The process of selling a home can be stressful, especially in a slow market. Given the anxiety that comes with listing a home, keeping it clean and show-ready, negotiating a contract, living through inspection and appraisal and getting to the closing, it's only natural to desire a little divine intervention. For hundreds of years, St. Joseph has been the ultimate real estate agent, helping thousands of homeowners find a solution to the harrowing process of selling property. By burying a statue of St. Joseph in the perfect spot in your yard, it is believed, you can accelerate your home sale, making a trying time a little less stressful. Hundreds of real estate professionals and happy homeowners around the world swear by the St. Joseph Prayer to make quick work of a home sale.
A History of St. Joseph
The husband of Mary, the mother of Jesus, St. Joseph holds a place of great respect in Christianity. As a builder, Joseph is venerated for his work as a craftsman. In 1870, Pope Pious IX declared Joseph the patron saint and protector of the Catholic church, giving him a position of great honor.
As a woodworker and builder, Joseph's life and personal relationship with Jesus place him in an important role in the Christian doctrine. As a saint who is often seen as a protector of homes and dwellings, he is a natural choice to help sellers seeking a better way to simplify the home sale process. The ritual of burying effigies of St. Joseph dates back to the 1500s: a group of nuns, desperate for crops on their barren land, buried medals engraved with Joseph's image in the dirt while praying desperately for his help. When their land gave way to bountiful crops, the tradition began, prompting hundreds of years of successful prayer.
Shopping for St. Joseph Statues
In order to complete the St. Joseph prayer, homeowners need a small St. Joseph statue that can be buried in their yard. Due to the prevalence of the power of St. Joseph, statues are sold widely, including on the North Shore of Chicago. Largely available in Christian bookstores, the best place to buy one on the North Shore is the Divine Word Gift Shop at 1835 Waukegan Rd. in Northbrook. Further afield, the statues can be found at Family Christian Book Stores in Elk Grove, Mustard Seed Christian Bookstore in Edgewater, and LifeWay Christian Store in Northern Chicago.
St. Joseph statues are also widely available online, providing easy and convenient access to everything necessary to sell your home quickly. Accessible on sites like Amazon, Ebay, Walmart, and Christian specialty stores like The Catholic Company and Catholic Supply, finding the right St. Joseph statue won't stand in the way of your sales aspirations.
How to Use the St. Joseph Prayer
Once you have purchased a St. Joseph statue, it's time to begin the home sale process anew. By praying to St. Joseph and burying his figure in the yard of your home, he will bring buyers to your property, expediting the sale of your home.
The statue of St. Joseph should be buried upside down and pointed directly towards the home you are trying to sell. Those who have buried St. Joseph incorrectly have told stories of neighbor's homes selling before their own, making the burial location incredibly important. As the legend goes, burying St. Joseph upside down inspires his fight to be free from the soil, making your prayers as powerful as possible. Once your statue has been buried, you may sit in prayer, urging him to reward your devotion with a speedy sale. One prayer may be enough, but others believe that frequent prayer is the most effective method.
There are several variations of the prayer to St. Joseph, but the most popular are widely used by Christians around the world in times of need.
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 home 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.
Here's another version of the prayer:
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 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.
When your home sells, St. Joseph should be dug up and taken to your new home. Many successful homeowners display St. Joseph on the mantle piece or in another sentimental spot as a thank you for his help in selling their home.
Whether you believe wholly in the power of prayer or are simply worried about your home languishing on the market for an extended period , there's a reason homeowners around the world put their faith in the power of St. Joseph.. A small investment and a simple prayer can be the difference between failure and success in getting your home sold quickly.
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