Who was Saint Hubert?

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We often hear Guns and others involved in the shooting industry and sport mention saying prayers to Saint Hubert. Who was Saint Hubert and why do we offers prayers to him?

Saint Hubertus or Hubert (c. 656–727 AD) became Bishop of Liège in 708 AD.[1] He was a Christian saint who was the patron saint of hunters, mathematicians, opticians, and metalworkers.

Known as the Apostle of the Ardennes, he was called upon, until the early 20th century, to cure rabies through the use of the traditional St Hubert’s Key.[2]

Saint Hubertus was widely venerated during the Middle Ages. The iconography of his legend is entangled with the legend of Saint Eustace. The Bollandists published seven early lives of Hubertus (Acta Sanctorum, November, i., 759–930 AD); the first of these was the work of a contemporary, though it is very sparing of details.

He died 30 May 727 AD in Tervuren near Brussels, Belgium. His feast day is November 3.*

By saying a prayer to Saint Herbert a person is hoping that they may shoot straight, that there will be bountiful game and that there will be good sport between the hunter and their quarry.

An example of a prayer to St Hubert can be found here: http://www.prayerstooursaints.com/saint-hubert-prayer.htm

*Copied from Wikipedia.

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