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Saint Hubertus
Feast Day: November 3


Day 1 (October 26th) - Prayer to be an honorable hunter

"I will always honor, thank and adore the Lord God who created the animals and saw that each species was good. I love the God who made human beings in His own image and likeness and set them over the whole world, to have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the Earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the Earth. (Gen 1:26) By my honorable conduct as a hunter, I will give a good example and I will teach new hunters the same principles of honor, so that each new generation can show respect for God, other hunters and the animals, and enjoy the dignity of the hunt."

Day 2 (October 27th) - Prayer for honest hunt

"Lord, may I make an honest count of game, respecting the legal limits of game in order to preserve the balance of life and death among the animals. May I so love the truth that I always give an honest recounting of the hunting stories while keeping them interesting to my friends. May I also listen to my friends' stories with enjoyment and without envy."

Day 3 (October 28) - Prayer against seflishness

"Lord, I pray for patience, prudence, and selflessness. I do not need to take every animal in the forest, nor must I take the best or nothing. I will seek the best, but accept what I get."

Day 4 (October 29) - Prayer for conservation of natural resources

"God has put all things under man's dominion. Let me take only the animals that need to be culled for the preservation of their species and the rest of the eco-system. Give me a respect for the animals which are shot. They are not to be mocked or made objects of ridicule. Although we take their lives, they are made by your hands. Let us remember that all life belongs to you."

Day 5 (October 30) - Prayer for safety during the hunt, especially for gun and bow safety.

"Lord, I pray for the good sense to care for my weapon and to carry it and fire it responsibly. I pray for the animals, that the shots are clean and do not cause unnecessary suffering to them."

Day 6 (October 31) - Prayer for a successful hunt

"Lord, I pray that I may take down the game in as painless a way as possible. May I recognize my limits and take the shots I know I can make, not taking a shot that risks maiming or wounding an animal unnecessarily. I pray that what I take may be of genuine use, and in some way, be used to build your kingdom.

Day 7 (November 1) - Prayer of thanksgiving for the hunt

"Lord, I thank You for the opportunity to go out on the hunt. I thank You for the time alone to think and reflect on life. I thank You for the time with hunting friends, enjoying good fellowship, good stories, meals and drinks. Thank You for the beauty seen during the hunt and for the game taken and shared. I thank You especially for a safe hunt for myself and for all the hunters who share the field."

Day 8 (November 2) - Prayer to share the fruit of the hunt

"Lord, I am so blessed to be able to hunt and I appreciate the blessings You have bestowed upon me. Yet I know that so many others are in great need. Give me the grace to share the food of the hunt not only with my family and friends but also with those who have greater need: the hungry and the poor. May my sharing with them be one small part of my continuing care for your poor. As they ask You, Father, for their daily bread, use me as one small instrument to help provide it to them."

Day 9 (November 3) - Prayer to hunt for souls, like Saint Hubert

"Lord, you spoke to St. Hubert and converted him to You during a stag hunt. You changed him into a hunter of souls, yet you continued to use his skills as a hunter to open minds to your Gospel. I ask that you make me into a hunter of souls above all other hunting activities. May I look for the opportunities to speak of You and Your salvation. Let the hunting camp itself be a place that uplifts the soul. May my time alone be an opportunity to pray and listen to You. May all the actions of the rest of my life be a constant hunt for You, for the opportunities you give me to evangelize, and to target the souls most in need of your love.”