Saint Hubert (also known as Saint Hubertus) is revered as the Saint for Hunting. The story of Saint Hubert, which is celebrated every year on the 3rd November, is one that celebrates devotion and dedication for the hunting community.
The Early Life Of Saint Hubert
Saint Hubert, a French nobleman, was born in Maastricht between 656-705 A.D. to a family of royalty. He grew up in luxury and splendor. Hubert, despite his privilege upbringing was well-known for his bowmanship.
Hubert was renowned for having a legendary hunting skill. He became known for his ability to hunt and bring in a bounty of who is the patron saint of hunters. His life changed forever on Good Friday when he encountered a stag during a hunting trip.
The Vision of Saint Hubert
Legend has it that Hubert, on horseback, cornered a majestic stag which turned around to face him. A glowing crucifix appeared between the antlers. Hubert reported that he had a vision at this moment and heard a voice telling him to turn towards the Lord and live a holy lifestyle.
Hubert’s spiritual transformation
Hubert was deeply moved by his experience and renounced the life of luxury he had led in the past. He gave up all his titles and birthright, as the future Duke of Aquitane. Tragically, his wife Floribanne died while giving birth to Saint Floribert. Hubert’s spiritual journey was centered around his wife’s death.
Hubert’s Journey at the Church
Hubert asked Bishop Lambert of Maastricht for guidance. He became his spiritual adviser. Hubert travelled to Rome under Lambert’s guidance to meet with the Pope. Hubert was ordained a priest during this meeting and became the 31st bishop of Maastricht, and the first bishop of Liege.
Saint Hubert’s Legacy
Saint Hubert was a priest who performed many miracles, such as exorcisms or curing rabies cases. For his efforts to spread Christianity in pagan areas, he is known as “Apostle Of The Ardennes”.
Saint Hubert’s symbol is a deer with a cross between its antlers. The symbol is well-known to hunters, and even appears on the Jagermeister bottle cap.
Honoring all Life Forms
Saint Hubert became not only the patron saint of hunters, but also a proponent of the concept of respecting the life of the animal. In his day, feasts were celebrated to honor the energy that was transferred from the animal to a hunter following a successful hunting.