Saint Hubertus (also called Saint Hubert) holds the revered title of Saint of Hunting. It’s a story that is remembered on November 3rd of each year.
Saint Hubert’s Early Life
Saint Hubert came from a noble French family between 656-705 A.D., growing up in luxury. Hubert was a well-known archer despite being raised in a wealthy family.
Hubert became famous for his hunting abilities, which were praised by many. In a miraculous encounter on Good Friday, his life was forever changed.
Saint Hubert’s Vision
According to legend, Hubert cornered and turned the majestic stag to face himself while riding a deer. It was a glowing crucifix who is the patron saint of hunters appeared between the antlers. Hubert recalled that at that time he saw a vision, and heard an voice encouraging him to lead a life of holiness and turn to God.
Hubert’s Transformation Spiritual
Hubert was profoundly affected by the experience. He gave up his life of privileges and luxury. He gave up titles, including the birthright he held as the future duke of Aquitane. Floribanne’s death while giving birth Saint Floribert was a tragedy. Hubert was solely focused on his spiritual quest after Floribanne died.
Hubert’s Journey In The Church
Hubert sought the guidance of Bishop Lambert from Maastricht. He was now his spiritual adviser. Hubert, under Lambert’s mentorship and guidance, embarked on an Italian pilgrimage to meet Pope. Hubert received his ordination as a Priest during this encounter. Hubert later became 31st Archbishop of Maastricht and first Bishop of Liege.
Saint Hubert’s Legacy
Saint Hubert performed a number of miracles during his priesthood, including exorcisms. As a result of his efforts to spread Christianity throughout pagan areas, Saint Hubert is often referred to as “Apostle the Ardennes”.
Saint Hubert represents a stag, with a crucifix or cross in between the antlers. This symbol, which is known to many hunters, has appeared on Jagermeister cap caps.
Honoring All Lifeforms
Saint Hubert is not only known as the Patron Saint for Hunters, but he has also been a strong advocate of honoring animal life. In his days, feasts would be held to celebrate energy transferred from the animal’s life to the hunter.