Saint Hubertus is a revered and unique Saint of Hunting. Each year, on November 3, Saint Hubert’s story is one of devotion, dedication, and love for the hunting communities.
Early Life of St. Hubert
Saint Hubert grew up as a child in a wealthy family, with a royal lineage, in Maastricht. Hubert had a privileged upbringing but was catholic saint of hunting also known for his skill at archery.
Hubert’s skills as a hunter were legendary. He was well-known for his unerring aim and his ability to produce a bountiful harvest. On Good Friday, Hubert had a spiritual encounter with a deer during a hunt.
Saint Hubert: The Vision
According to the legend, cornered an imposing stag on horseback while chasing deer. It then turned its head to face Hubert. In the middle of the stag’s antlers, a glowing cross appeared. Hubert claimed to have had a dream and heard a message urging to live a holy and godly life.
Hubert’s Spiritual Transformation
Hubert’s life of luxury, privilege and wealth was forever changed by his encounter with this woman. He gave away his titles, which included his birthright as future Duke Aquitane. Floribanne, Hubert’s wife, died during the birth of their son Saint Floribert. Hubert concentrated solely on his own spiritual journey after her death.
Hubert’s journey in the Church
Hubert sought advice from Bishop Lambert Maastricht who became his advisor spiritually. Hubert went to Rome as a pilgrim under Lambert’s mentoring to meet the Pope. Hubert became a priest at this meeting. He later became the first bishop in Liege and the 31st diocese of Maastricht.
Saint Hubert’s Legacy
Saint Hubert is credited with performing numerous miracles in his role as a minister, including exorcisms. He is remembered for his efforts at spreading Christianity to pagan regions.
Saint Hubert, also known as Saint Hubert the Great, is represented by antlers of a deer that have a cross on them. The symbol of Saint Hubert is recognized by many hunters and appears even on Jagermeister bottles caps.
Honoring Life in All Its Forms
Saint Hubert, not only became patron saint of hunters but promoted the idea to honor the animal’s death. In his time, feasts celebrated the energy transmitted from an animal to the hunter by a successful hunt.