Five years ago, my husband and I bought the house of our dreams or is it the house of our nightmares?!?!? We have had to fix or replace almost everything in or on the house - roof, floors, siding, plumbing, electrical, etc... Everything has just been going bad - sometimes even after we have already fixed them!!
During this past 5 year we have felt like the devil has been on our back. Everything we did just seemed to be met with difficulty. My father, who is a excellent carpenter and electrician, has been helping us on recent projects (since his retirement) and commented that he has never seen such simple projects turn into such horrible, time consuming problems. So after 5 years of dealing with these crazy construction catastrophes we decided it is time to fight back!
We have had the house blessed after we moved in, but we wanted to do a little more than that. So we decided to dedicate our home to St. Michael - and St. Michael's feast day just seemed too appropriate!
I found these prayers to purify & protect a home on this website: HERE
These prayers were originally published by order of His Holiness Pope Leo XIII.
They are wonderful prayers!
I printed them out so our kids (the ones who can read) could follow along as we prayed them.
My husband and I wanted to have a small memorial of our dedication. So we made a "sign" to place in the ground in our front flower garden.
We used a wooden cross stake and a laminated picture of St. Michael to create this sign.
Jon (my husband) used a staple gun and hammer to attach the picture to the cross.
We chose a cross because of Jesus' cross and also because to looks a bit like St. Michael's sword, but you could use a simple straight stake or stick. We only stuck the nails through the clear laminate sheet so the rain wouldn't destroy the picture:
So after attaching the picture to the stake, we read the prayers (as directed) and than all 9 of our kids and Jon and I took turns hammering the stake into the ground.
With St. Michael's protection, we pray that we may have a better year. May our home be filled with God's Grace and may our hearts be filled with God's love.
St. Michael, Protect us!