Yesterday, Ashes to Go was all the rage. But today that’s all dust. Instead, the world has moved on. New life. Time for a new Lenten mission to take to the streets. So naturally, today we inaugurated the first-ever Brackets to Go in Cincinnati.Yours truly bravely donned cassock, surplice, and tippet (without all that seal foppery) and headed out of doors. I avoided wearing my beloved Canterbury Cap, because I didn’t want to be construed as endorsing Lancelot Andrewes in today’s matchup.
It was a profoundly sacred experience as people said, “Thank you! I am so grateful I didn’t have to turn on my printer in order to get a bracket” and “Finally, I’ll know who is the victor of Tarsus, Paul or Theodore.” Still others were heard to say, “Hey, some of these clowns are only in Holy Women, Holy Men!” Perhaps the most amazing comment came from a teary-eyed recipient, “I cannot wait for saintly kitsch, especially if Evelyn Underhill is still in the running.”
Yes, friends, it was gratifying to take Lent Madness to the streets — to get outside the computer screen and iPhone. Just can’t figure out why there were no television networks there to film my holy work.