Lent Madness infects General Convention

The Supreme Executive Committee hereby announces the result of the most important vote of this year’s General Convention, held on Lent Madness Day. Gregory the Great has defeated Gregory of Nyssa to earn a spot in the bracket for Lent Madness 2013. Gregory the Great will go up against Martin of Tours in the first round. Among people at General Convention, who voted by paper ballot, Nyssa held a lead over The Great, 73-23. However, online voters went the other way, voting for The Great over Nyssa in a landslide, 332-109. That means Gregory the Great received 355 votes, whilst Gregory of Nyssa only received 182.

In other news, the Episcopal News Service covered the Lent Madness fever which has infected General Convention. And celebrity blogger Heidi Shott, working for her home diocese of Maine, posted a video interview with the Supreme Executive Committee, in which Scott does the extraordinarily rare act of saying something nice to Tim.

In a fine piece of investigative journalism, the Supreme Executive Committee went searching for signs of Lent Madness fever at General Convention. Here are the results:

Stay turned for updates. There will be three more play-in matches before Ash Thursday, February 14, 2013. The SEC is working hard to get you through the long, dark night of non-Lenten seasons.

If you know people who are in Indianapolis, send them to the Forward Movement booth, where they can get their photo taken with Mary Magdalene. Or maybe you’d like to have Mary as your guest at a parish or diocesan event? The SEC would be pleased to bring her to you. However, we require deluxe travel and accommodations (including a purple limo).

17 Comments to "Lent Madness infects General Convention"

  1. Alec Clementr's Gravatar Alec Clementr
    July 8, 2012 - 3:45 pm | Permalink

    Must be the heat.

  2. July 8, 2012 - 5:11 pm | Permalink

    Keep an eye out for Vermont delegation – I am going to send them your way! (or try at least)

  3. peter fluchere's Gravatar peter fluchere
    July 8, 2012 - 5:30 pm | Permalink

    A glimmer of hope in a cavalcade of political polo ponies,
    intent on steering this denomination their way. As someone said last week,
    “Please let us not be embarassed again!”

  4. July 8, 2012 - 5:58 pm | Permalink

    Gregory the Great all the way!

  5. Georgia's Gravatar Georgia
    July 8, 2012 - 6:33 pm | Permalink

    Has the SEC heard of the word sabbatical? I believe they need one.

  6. July 8, 2012 - 8:37 pm | Permalink

    In addition to the purple limo, you should demand a purple golf cart in the style of a past Bishop of an unnamed diocese. Only the best for Mary.

  7. If Not Philander's Gravatar If Not Philander
    July 8, 2012 - 10:41 pm | Permalink

    I learned this morning at Eucharist that Scott is tall. I mean really really really tall.

    Nice to discover that one of you really does exist live and in person. I’m still not sure about Tim. :-)

    • Madeleine Borthwick's Gravatar Madeleine Borthwick
      July 9, 2012 - 11:04 am | Permalink

      Just curious, do you know how tall Scott is? one of my brothers(Chuck)is 6 feet 7 inches, and he is disgustingly skinny to boot. eats like there’s no tomorrow. me jealous but love him anyway.

  8. Anne Warrington Wilson's Gravatar Anne Warrington Wilson
    July 8, 2012 - 10:53 pm | Permalink

    Scott–As Mary Magdalene is our Patron saint, we would love to have her visit for her next Saint’s Day. I’m not sure about the Purple Limo but we can certainly transport her in style and we are her only church in the Diocese of Southern Ohio. We’d love to have you come too.

  9. Matthew Estes's Gravatar Matthew Estes
    July 9, 2012 - 7:55 am | Permalink

    Purple limos are commonplace and ordinary. Often they are decked out with matching purple neon lights underneath the car. You can even get an interior of purple shag. When you shine a black light on the carpet, and the image of Elvis appears. You see them everyday in Vegas. Mary Magdalene is the most recognize Saint here. Lent Madness has much to do with recent popularity. Mary Magdalene comes to Vegas we will commission a black velet image of her.

  10. Denise Stahura's Gravatar Denise Stahura
    July 9, 2012 - 9:42 am | Permalink

    “whilst”? Pretty high falutin’

  11. Madeleine Borthwick's Gravatar Madeleine Borthwick
    July 9, 2012 - 11:06 am | Permalink

    YEAH!!! let’s hear it for the Gregorian Chant!!

  12. Madeleine Borthwick's Gravatar Madeleine Borthwick
    July 9, 2012 - 11:07 am | Permalink

    Actually, let’s HEAR the Gregorian chant while we’re at it!!

  13. Sally Duernberger's Gravatar Sally Duernberger
    July 9, 2012 - 12:46 pm | Permalink

    I voted for Nyssa online!

  14. July 9, 2012 - 9:59 pm | Permalink

    Madeline, Scott is about 6’5 or 6’6. My boys affectionately refer to him as “The world’s tallest priest.” Of course he looks even taller standing next to me (5’8″) and Mary Magdalene (even shorter).

    • Madeleine Borthwick's Gravatar Madeleine Borthwick
      July 10, 2012 - 1:53 pm | Permalink

      wow, that’s tall…he’d fit right in with my 3 brothers….wait a minute, my family is mostly Catholic. as a fairly-newly-received “anglophile”(2 years ago. should have done it a lot sooner) he’d kinda stick out. thanks for the prompt answer!
      Go In Peace To Love And Serve The Lord,
      Madeleine

  15. Lou Lou "the Lutheran" Florio
    July 10, 2012 - 6:31 pm | Permalink

    “Among people at General Convention, who voted by paper ballot, Nyssa held a lead over The Great, 73-23. However, online voters went the other way, voting for The Great over Nyssa in a landslide, 332-109.” Hmmmm….is this evidence of what they taught us in seminary – there is an all too common seperation of values/discernment/opinions between church hierarch & seminary communites from “the people”? Well, Lent Madness proves the people often know best AND that Gregory was truly Great.

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