Monks issue St Hubert’s Key that can provide protection against werewolves!
In times of trouble or for protection from werewolves, you can call upon St Hubert for protection! Saint Hubert was, and is, the patron saint of werewolves!!
What is a Patron Saint?
Patron saints are saints who are considered “special guardians” or “protectors” of a type or group of people. They were once regular people much like you or me who led exceptionally heroic or virtuous lives, had two “miracles” attributed to them, and were thus formally canonized (declared a saint after death) by the church. Many people pray to or petition a particular patron saint for help or protection in the areas of their “guardianship” – it is believed that the saint will or can intercede (with God) on the behalf of the petitioner.
Patron saints exist for many different occupations, professions, and needs – for example, one of the most popular is Saint Patrick – patron saint of Ireland. Other very popular patron saints you may have heard of include St Christopher, patron saint of travelers, St Michael, patron saint of police officers, and St Jude, patron saint of miracles and hopeless causes.
Who is St Hubert and what does he have to do with werewolves?
St Hubert (also known as St Hubertus) is most commonly known as the patron saint of hunters, archers, dogs, forest workers, and trappers – but more uncommonly he is also known as the patron saint for protection against werewolves!! Hubert lived during the Middle Ages (around 656 – 727 A.D.).
Possible protection from werewolves and werewolf bites – St Hubert’s Key!
It is said that St Hubert could heal deadly diseases such as rabies, or infections from dog bites and wolf bites. After he died, the monks at St Hubert’s Abbey gave people who sought the aid of St Hubert something called “St Hubert’s Key” – a metal charm shaped like a cross, cone, or metal nail. The charm was supposed to be able to rid the body of disease (like rabies or other infections) caused by a dog or wolf bite. It is believed the fresher the bite, the more effective the treatment, which involved heating the charm and placing it on the bite to sterilize the wound. The charms were also hung on walls or carried as protection. It is said that the key was originally given to St Hubert by St Peter. Because of it’s association with healing wolf bites, there is some belief that St Hubert’s Key could also be used as protection against werewolves / possible cure for being a werewolf.