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Hubert's wife died giving birth

to their son Floribert,

and his grief prompted him to retreat from the court.

He withdrew into the forests of the Ardennes a

nd gave himself up entirely to hunting.

Legend holds that on a Good Friday morning,

while the faithful were in church,

Hubert was hunting in the forest.

As he pursued a magnificent stag or hart,

the animal turned and Hubert was astounded to see a crucifix floating between its antlers.

He heard a voice saying:

"Hubert unless thou turnest to the Lord and leadest a holy life, thou shalt quickly go down into Hell."

Hubert dismounted and prostrated himself, and after asking "Lord, what wouldst Thou have me do?"

is told, "Go and seek Lambert, and he will instruct you."

The story of the stag first appears in one of the later legendary hagiographies 

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