The Lent Madness Emporium. Or Lentorium.

Lent Madness isn’t just about saints, discipleship, voting, formation, and chuckles. Like the rest of our culture, it’s about commerce. So here’s your chance to stock up on Lent Madness goodies.

Calendar of Saints: Lent Madness 2013 Ultra-Revised Edition coverFirst of all, you can’t tell the players without a program. Get thee to the Kindle or Nook stores and buy a copy of Calendar of Saints: Lent Madness 2013 Ultra-Revised Edition. This venerable title began life as book of devotional essays on the saints by Canon David Veal. Last year, we revised and updated it to include all the official saints of the Episcopal Church calendar (none of the trial use clutter) PLUS all the saints in Lent Madness. This year, it has been Ultra Revised to include all the saints in Lent Madness 2013. Besides author David Veal and editor Scott Gunn, this year’s contributors include several celebrity bloggers and Lent Madness luminaries: Laurie Brock, Megan Castellan, Penny Nash, Tim Schenck, Heidi Shott, and David Sibley. Janet Buening on the Forward Movement staff added an essay and pulled the whole thing together. So, anyway, there’s lots of great stuff here — it’s a devotionally oriented look at the saints.

For this year, we slashed the price to just $4.99. You can buy it on Kindle or Nook. If you want a paper copy, just place your Kindle on a photocopier and make your own. We promise not to sue you for copyright infringement if you do this, as long as you use a photo of yourself at the copier as your Facebook profile pic and tag “Lent Madness.”

MaryMug1Second of all, since you are probably a bit sleepy after thinking about books, you are going to want a shiny new coffee mug. If you insist, it can hold other beverages too, up to eleven ounces. This year’s mug features the Lent Madness 2013 logo, as well as the reigning Golden Halo title holder, Mary Magdalene, with a word to this year’s bracket of saints: “Good luck filling my shoes!” Buy your mug for the low bargain price of $10 from Forward Movement. Get another one (or ten more) and the price plunges to nine bucks.
Bracket Poster 2013

Third of all, and finally, you are going to want to track the results of Lent Madness in real time on your living room wall, right? For this you’ll need a giant, poster-sized bracket. We have just the thing. New this year, you can buy yourself a 36″ by 24″ full-color bracket to record the winners of each match. Brackets are just ten bucks, or two for $18. Buy one for your parish hall bulletin board, another for home, and perhaps a third for work. It would not be completely out of line to get one for the car and several for your neighbors.

Keep an eye on the Store page. If we think up more stuff, we’ll put it there. Got an idea for something you want to own? Let the Supreme Executive Committee know your ideas.

Buying all this stuff supports the work of Forward Movement, and here’s a promise: If we sell at least $10 million of merchandise this year, we’ll seriously consider getting a purple Lent Madness blimp for next year. Whoever buys the most stuff (minimum purchase, $1 million) can have a free ride on the official blimp with the SEC. Hey, it could happen. Or not.

15 Comments to "The Lent Madness Emporium. Or Lentorium."

  1. Mary W.'s Gravatar Mary W.
    January 30, 2013 - 5:12 pm | Permalink

    When are you going to start making your own Saintly kitsch to sell? You know, like a waterskiing Mary Magdalene that also serves as a napkin holder or something like that.

  2. January 30, 2013 - 5:22 pm | Permalink

    You’re right, Mary. We need a Lent Madness sweat shop to produce cheap saintly kitsch at a huge profit margin.

    • Jennifer's Gravatar Jennifer
      January 30, 2013 - 6:54 pm | Permalink

      No, no, no, no, NO!!
      (sound of flipping tables)

      Fun @ Lent Madness = yes please
      Injustice and exploitation = no way. Say, SEC, what sort of working conditions are you offering the Celebrity Bloggers, anyways?

      • January 30, 2013 - 9:11 pm | Permalink

        Yeah, what kind of working conditions are we working under anyway?

  3. Ann Ely's Gravatar Ann Ely
    January 30, 2013 - 6:15 pm | Permalink

    I have the Calendar of Saints , 2012 edition. Anyway to have the parts of 2013 not in 2012 available? Just wondering.

  4. January 30, 2013 - 6:20 pm | Permalink

    LOVE this post!!! I’m going to order mugs right away. Do I really have to copy the Kindle edition of Calendar of Saints??

  5. Jim's Gravatar Jim
    January 30, 2013 - 9:04 pm | Permalink

    What can be more maddening than Lent Madness kitsch. However if we are to go down tis road here are a few suggestions.

    Perhaps a nightlight with an image of Thomas Cramner? What could be more comforting for those lost in the darkness, perhaps on the way to the bathroom, to have the path illuminated by something like this.

    An item for those of us who will undoubtedly see their brackets quickly eliminated and seeking comfort in adult beverages a set of wine glasses with an image of St. Amand, patron saint of wine. Sure he is only recognized by the Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches but isn’t Lent Madness truly worldwide and ecumenical.

    Finally for those with the same problem described above but with a smaller budget a set of beer mugs featuring one of this year’s competitors. St. Luke, for reasons not clearly understood, is considered by many as the Patron Saint of beer and brewers.

    Also is it coincidence that the proposed blimp is to be purple, the team colors of the Baltimore Ravens. Have the saints foretold the outcome of the upcoming Super Bowl?

  6. Junior's Gravatar Junior
    January 31, 2013 - 10:10 am | Permalink

    I know you have considered the T-shirt angle. So maybe this has been considered and trashed or considered and in process. My suggestion is that you take prepaid pre-orders for t-shirts that will feature the portrait(?) of and maybe a quote from the 2013 Golden Halo winner, whoever it will be, and maybe list prior winners. Then you could get a clear idea of how many to manufacture.

  7. Nanalee Raphael's Gravatar Nanalee Raphael
    February 4, 2013 - 10:14 pm | Permalink

    I’m with Mary W: I’m enough of a Luddite, and I am “wired” enough thank you very much, that I don’t and won’t be investing in a Nook or Kindle. How about selling it in a PDF version? Heaven is aware that I don’t know much about the saints, so I really need to study up!

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