Lent Madness began in 2010 as the brainchild of the Rev. Tim Schenck. In seeking a fun, engaging way for people to learn about the men and women comprising the Church’s Calendar of Saints, Tim came up with this unique Lenten devotion.
Combining his love of sports with his passion for the lives of the saints, Lent Madness was born on his blog “Clergy Family Confidential” which has subsequently moved locations and become “Clergy Confidential.”
Who will win the Golden Halo?
The format is straightforward: 32 saints are placed into a tournament-like single elimination bracket. Each pairing remains open for a set period of time and people vote for their favorite saint. 16 saints make it to the Round of the Saintly Sixteen; eight advance to the Round of the Elate Eight; four make it to the Faithful Four; two to the Championship; and the winner is awarded the coveted Golden Halo.
The first round consists of basic biographical information about each of the 32 saints. Things get a bit more interesting in the subsequent rounds as we offer quotes and quirks, explore legends, and even move into the area of saintly kitsch.
Lenten Resources for Individuals and Parishes
The holy season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, March 1, and continues to the festive day of Easter on April 16.
Resources for Lent 2017 from The Episcopal Church are available here and include a wide array of prayers, reflections, links, videos, social media, bulletin inserts, and more for all ages to participate in and experience a spirit-filled Lenten season.
Go: Centering on the theme Go!, daily reflections on a scripture verse containing the word go will be available here and on Facebook here. The reflections, prepared by many authors, will be personal stories, poems, and other ways that the verse is meaningful and related to the theme Go! Among the authors are Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, bishops, Episcopal Church staff, and members of United Thank Offering, Episcopal Migration Ministries, National Association of Episcopal Schools, and Episcopal Relief & Development.
- Share your experiences and photos of congregations and individuals focusing on Ash Wednesday and Lent, such as Ashes to Go. Submit your photos here.
- Episcopal Public Policy Network Lenten Series on Beloved Community and racial reconciliation will be found here starting Ash Wednesday.
- Young Adult and Campus Ministry Lenten reflections here
- Journey to the Cross at d365 here
- Episcopal Relief & Development Lenten Meditations here
- Society of Saint John the Evangelist Lenten Series here
- Lent Madness here