Once upon a time, during the Middle Ages, a young nobleman courtier of Belgium went into the forest of Ardennes, as he often did, to hunt. His reputation as a fearless and skilled huntsman was second to none, but this day he searched the forest for many hours before he sighted his first stag. Suddenly it stood before him—a magnificent creature, bearing a crucifix in its antlers. The young nobleman was so moved by this heavenly manifestation that he immediately renounced his worldly pursuits and entered a monastery. He later rose to a great eminence in the church, and since his death in 727 A.D. has been venerated as St. Hubert, the patron saint of hunters. Albrecht D�rer's beautiful engraving (left) records the awesome moment of his vision.