Saint Hubertus (also called Saint Hubert) holds a unique, revered, and unique position as Saint of Hunting. His story, told every November 3rd, is a tale of devotion and dedication for the hunting community.
Saint Hubert in His Early Years
Saint Hubert came from a noble French family between 656-705 A.D., and was raised in luxury. Hubert was a well-known archer despite being raised in a wealthy family.
Hubert became famous for his hunting abilities, which were legendary. In a miraculous encounter on Good Friday, Hubert’s hunting experience took a new turn.
Saint Hubert’s Vision
According to legend, Hubert caught the majestic stag on horseback while chasing deer. He then turned his face to him. It was a St Hubert Gifts red crucifix that appeared between the antlers. Hubert said that in this moment he experienced a dream and heard a whisper urging him turn to God and live a virtuous life.
Hubert’s Spiritual Transformation
Hubert was profoundly affected by the experience. He gave up his life of luxury and privilege. 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’s sole focus after Floribanne died was his spiritual journey.
Hubert’s Adventure in the Church
Hubert sought the guidance of Bishop Lambert from Maastricht. He was now his spiritual advisor. 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 bishop Maastricht & the first bishop Liege.
Saint Hubert’s Legacy
Saint Hubert performed many miracles during his priesthood, including exorcisms. As a result of his efforts to spread Christianity into pagan regions, Saint Hubert is often referred to as the “Apostle the Ardennes”.
The Symbols of Saint Hubert
Saint Hubert represents a stag, with a cross on its antlers. This symbol is known by many hunters and appears even on Jagermeister cap.
Honoring All Lifeforms
Saint Hubert is not only known as the Patron Saint of Hunters, but he also promotes the idea of honoring an animal’s life. At his time, feasts would be held to celebrate energy that passed from the animal’s life to the hunter.
Saint Hubert symbolizes spiritual transformation and dedication. His influence can be felt by archers, hunters, mathematicians opticians metalworkers as well those who drink Jagermeister. Hunting Necklaces or Saint Hubert Medals can be worn as tangible tributes to this patron saint of hunting.