Brian's acceptance speech
delivered at Lake Titicaca on
31st August, 2015, at 12 am
"You cant tell people anything.
All you can do is speak your truth and hope they hear you."
Lee D Miller, Barking, Essex
Remember St. Brian...
This website is dedicated to the memory of Brian Haw and a pilgrimage completed in his name. Its intention is to help keep the memory of Brian alive and to inspire people to walk again.
Walking through nature is the simplest way to re-connect with yourself and with the world around you. It allows you the time to consider your own life and the purpose you have in this world.
"I Anoint Brian Haw as a Saint of Barking"
In May, 2012, I did a pilgrimage for the Saints of Barking - in conjunction
with the Orthodox Christian Church who venerate the Saints at Barking
each year - beginning at St. Margarets Church, Westminster Abbey,
meeting members of the Orthodox Church at St. Pauls Cathedral to Pray
for St. Erkenwald in the part of the Cathedral that stands upon the
place of the former St. Pauls Church and is dedicated to him, completing
the pilgrimage at St. Margarets Church, Barking Abbey, and
participating in the ceremony conducted by the Orthodox Christian Church
within Barking Abbey itself. It was the most Sacred and Spiritual
Christian Ceremony that I have ever partaken in and I felt blessed to
have been a part of it.
After the ceremony I spoke with Reverend Father Alexander Tefft, of St. Botolph's-Without-Bishopgate, and asked him what it was that made someone a Saint? He answered that our modern day definition of what it is to be a Saint is not correct because Saints were not perfect people, they were people who were recognised by their fellow Human beings as being extra-special, in some way, and who were accepted as doing something extrodinary in their Earthly life in dedication to God. They could make mistakes like everyone else, but what mattered was their contribution to the greater good of God and the recognition of what they did between their fellow Men and Women.
To be honest, I cant remember exactly Father Alexanders words, but this is the understanding he delivered to me, and as soon as I heard his words I knew that those words applied to Brian Haw. To me he was then a Saint and it just remains for others to recognise that too.
A Dedication To St. Brian
There be a hill,
dedicated to St. Brian,
upon the heavenly
Isle of Iona.
Prayers have been said
and time shall tell.
"Therefore, Choose Life"
St. Matthew 5: 1-16