Monday, October 25, 2010

Church honors saint by establishing Christian hunters group

From Memphis-

The story of Saint Hubert, as told by Father John Sewell, Rector of St. John's Episcopal Church, goes like this:

In the late 600s A.D., a "party boy" named Hubert had given himself to the vanities of life, and was obsessed with hunting. Once, he chose to pursue his sport on Good Friday, "a real no-no in that time," and received an unexpected wake-up call from above.

During his hunt that morning, a vision of the crucifix appeared to Hubert between the antlers of a great stag. Through the creature, God spoke to him and said, "Hubert, if you don't get your act together, you're going to hell."

Sewell and his church celebrated the patron saint of hunters and hunting dogs during Sunday morning's services by blessing hunters, their dogs and establishing the Guild of Saint Hubert, a Christian hunters group that promotes spirituality, safety and respect in the hunt.

"I'm convinced that hunting is actually a spiritual exercise," said Sewell, who explained how hunting can be used as a metaphor for spiritual salvation in his sermon.

"(Hubert) went hunting and got more than he thought he would," he said. "Not only do we go hunting, but God hunts for us."

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