Congratulations to 2014 Golden Halo Winner — Charles Wesley!

Charles Wesley

The Lent Madness Supreme Executive Committee congratulates Charles Wesley on his victory in Lent Madness 2014 and authorizes the following text to be sung on Easter Day at liturgies throughout the world.

Charles Wesley is risen today, Alleluia!
his triumphant holy day, Alleluia!
who the Golden Halo won, Alleluia!
‘gainst all saints, the battle done! Alleluia!

Hymns of praise then let us sing, Alleluia!
unto Charles, with golden ring, Alleluia!
who endured his brother John, Alleluia!
all his hymns are sine qua non. Alleluia!

But the bracket he endured, Alleluia!
left his victory assured, Alleluia!
now above the rest he’s king, Alleluia!
where the saintly angels sing. Alleluia!

Sing we to the S-E-C, Alleluia!
praise their humor, praise their glee, Alleluia!
praise Lent Madness, all you lot: Alleluia!
Celeb Bloggers, Tim and Scott, Alleluia!

** Liturgical Note: As the wise and adept preacher will naturally mention Charles Wesley’s winning the Golden Halo on Easter Day, this hymn is most appropriately sung immediately following the sermon. The fourth verse, while optional, requires organ, trumpet, and timpani if it is to be used within the context of the liturgy.

In the final video of Lent Madness 2014 from the Archbishops, the Golden Halo winner is proclaimed and the kick-off date for Lent Madness 2015 is announced.

But wait, there’s more!

Charles Wesley mugCommemorate this great moment in church history by purchasing your very own Charles Wesley mug. It features Charles with the words “2014 Golden Halo Winner” and “Lent Madness.” This is the perfect gift for every Episcopalian and every Methodist. Or really anyone who likes good hymns. The Charles Wesley Golden Halo Winner Lent Madness 2014 mug is white ceramic, ready to hold 11 ounces of your favorite beverage. Pre-order yours now for just $11. Buy five or more for just $9 each. They’ll ship soon! Buy now!

Who will win the Golden Halo?Maybe you want to get a more general Lent Madness mug. How about a purple ceramic mug that says “Who will win the Golden Halo?” on one side with the Lent Madness logo on the other? Eleven ounces of tea or coffee will be more delicious, thanks to the wondrous powers of purple. This makes a great gift for anyone who loves warm beverages, the color purple, or mostly cylindrical objects. Pre-order for just $11. Buy five or more for just $9 each. They’ll ship soon! Buy now!

131 Comments to "Congratulations to 2014 Golden Halo Winner — Charles Wesley!"

  1. Grace's Gravatar Grace
    April 17, 2014 - 8:10 am | Permalink

    My heart is strangely warmed at the thought that a Methodist won the 2014 Lent Madness Golden Halo!

    • Lois Keen's Gravatar Lois Keen
      April 17, 2014 - 8:51 am | Permalink

      Charles lived and died an Anglican, by his own words. in piety he was methodist, lower case, and by polity staunch Church of England, eschewing the cause of separatism from the CofE championed by his brother John.

      • Jeff Bayne's Gravatar Jeff Bayne
        April 17, 2014 - 9:18 am | Permalink

        Lois, you are absolutely correct! But, what a gift/person for both sister churches. Now, let’s raised voices in song!

      • Rev. Lucy Porter's Gravatar Rev. Lucy Porter
        April 17, 2014 - 9:23 am | Permalink

        John Wesley did not “champion the cause of separatism from the C of E”. He never left the church, lived and died a C of E clergy. He responded to the need of the American Methodists for the sacramental ministry of clergy by sending them some, and also sending a book of liturgy based on that used in the C of E. Most C of E clergy in America had returned to England before or during the Revolutionary War.

        • Dr. Art Torpy's Gravatar Dr. Art Torpy
          April 17, 2014 - 10:22 am | Permalink

          Charles’ funeral was officiated by an Church of England priest. John’s funeral was officiated by Methodist preacher. John may have seen himself still among the faithful of the C of E, but his heart was Methodist at the end or he would have had a C of E service.

      • Harlie Youngblood's Gravatar Harlie Youngblood
        April 17, 2014 - 9:44 am | Permalink

        Lois, I wouldn’t say that John championed the cause of separatism from the Church of England, for he too lived and died an Anglican. I think he simply didn’t foresee that his actions would lead to separation.

      • Paul Kelley's Gravatar Paul Kelley
        April 17, 2014 - 11:25 am | Permalink

        Very interesting.

  2. Evelyn's Gravatar Evelyn
    April 17, 2014 - 8:12 am | Permalink

    what was the vote count?

  3. Betsy Rogers's Gravatar Betsy Rogers
    April 17, 2014 - 8:15 am | Permalink

    But of course he wasn’t a Methodist, but rather a staunch Anglican his whole life.

    • Grace's Gravatar Grace
      April 17, 2014 - 8:27 am | Permalink

      The term “Methodist” was used derisively for the members of the Holy Club that John and Charles began at Oxford because members were methodical in their quest for holy living.

    • Rev. Lucy Porter's Gravatar Rev. Lucy Porter
      April 17, 2014 - 9:34 am | Permalink

      To Lois and Betsy: Yes, Charles WAS a Methodist. Grace is correct. The Methodists were a reform movement, started as the “Holy Club” begun at Oxford, called a “Society” in the C of E. We first became a separate church in America. I don’t know exactly when they became a separate church in England. I am a lifelong Methodist.

      • Harlie Youngblood's Gravatar Harlie Youngblood
        April 17, 2014 - 10:10 am | Permalink

        According to methodist.org.uk the Plan of Pacification adopted by the British Methodists in 1795 was “a decisive break with the Church of England”.

  4. Mary Lou Creamer's Gravatar Mary Lou Creamer
    April 17, 2014 - 8:17 am | Permalink

    A worthy winner!

  5. Bindy Snyder's Gravatar Bindy Snyder
    April 17, 2014 - 8:17 am | Permalink

    Neither Wesley was a Methodist. I assume that was a joke.

  6. Ray's Gravatar Ray
    April 17, 2014 - 8:18 am | Permalink

    Sigh – so very disappointing.

    • Harlie Youngblood's Gravatar Harlie Youngblood
      April 17, 2014 - 10:26 am | Permalink

      I’m really surprised. Even though I voted for Charles, I thought Harriet was going to win. It was close, though.

  7. Catherine's Gravatar Catherine
    April 17, 2014 - 8:19 am | Permalink

    Congrats to Charles Wesley!(although Harriett won my heart).Untill next year guys.(:

  8. Karis's Gravatar Karis
    April 17, 2014 - 8:19 am | Permalink

    I so enjoyed this…thank you!

  9. April 17, 2014 - 8:21 am | Permalink

    A great choice, though I still love Harriet Bedell (Go ‘Noles) and thank you for sharing her story with us, along with all those of the other inspiring participants. And so today I will have the new version of one of my favorite hymns going through my head all day ( supplanting “The Rains of Castamere”). I just hope that the SEC will take a cue from DWTS and other challenges and give us an “All Star Lent Madness Also Rans” at some appropriate year! Hooray for Lent Madness! hooray for Tim & Scott! Hooray for the Celebrity Bloggers! Hooray for the Archbishops & the Clairvoyatron 2000!

  10. dinny's Gravatar dinny
    April 17, 2014 - 8:22 am | Permalink

    What a close race! and lots of fun along the way. Many thanks.

  11. Madeleine Baier's Gravatar Madeleine Baier
    April 17, 2014 - 8:22 am | Permalink

    WOO HOOOOOOO! ZIPPITY DOO DAH!
    Onward to Lent Madness 2015, and I am prepared, nay energized, to lift my Fred Rogers banner high for the bracket.
    I will sing this hymn with the more than usual enthusiasm this Easter.
    Oh John, quit your grumbling, can’t you at least TRY to be happy for your brother? Talk about sibling rivalry. ….

    • Heather C's Gravatar Heather C
      April 17, 2014 - 8:55 am | Permalink

      Hooray for Charles! and Madeleine, I second your nomination of Fred Rogers. We’ve had a Catholic and proto-Methodist halo winner . . . why not a Presbyterian?

    • Harlie Youngblood's Gravatar Harlie Youngblood
      April 17, 2014 - 8:19 pm | Permalink

      Madeleine, check out my question to Fr. Tim (see above). You might be interested in his answer (although I sent it kinda late. He’s probably washing feet right about now).

  12. Ernest's Gravatar Ernest
    April 17, 2014 - 8:23 am | Permalink

    Vote was 3,607 to 3,407 Evelyn. You can click on the 2014 bracket and choose the link for the “challenge” :) I also was strangely warmed by the choice of Charles as winner. He did much more than music.

  13. Jan's Gravatar Jan
    April 17, 2014 - 8:30 am | Permalink

    This has been such a wonderful Lenten experience, both fun and informative. Thank you SEC. I have been introduced to some new and very worthy saints. Having been raised in England by a Methodist mother and C of E father, I am extremely happy with the result. Many happy memories of being a little girl and singing my heart out in our village church with my dad and two sisters. Blessed Easter everyone.

  14. Julie's Gravatar Julie
    April 17, 2014 - 8:36 am | Permalink

    Thank you for Lent Madness — I think that of all the contestants (for lack of a better word) there was only one person who made me pause and think, “Why was he included?” Thanks again!

  15. Kara Slade's Gravatar Kara Slade
    April 17, 2014 - 8:36 am | Permalink

    “No Condemnation now I dread,
    Jesus, and all in Him, is mine
    Alive in Him, my Living Head,
    And clothed in Righteousness Divine,
    Bold I approach th’ eternal Throne,
    And claim the Crown, through Christ my own.”

    • Jennifer Woodruff's Gravatar Jennifer Woodruff
      April 17, 2014 - 10:59 am | Permalink

      :-)

  16. April 17, 2014 - 8:38 am | Permalink

    Charles Wesley preached at Old North Church. We are so thrilled to beat our cross town rival, Phillips Brooks of Trinity, Copley Square. Harriet was truly worthy. maybe runner ups could get a high seed the following year.

  17. Dave H's Gravatar Dave H
    April 17, 2014 - 8:40 am | Permalink

    A win for little brothers everywhere! Thanks for all the fun.

  18. Ivan Corbin's Gravatar Ivan Corbin
    April 17, 2014 - 8:40 am | Permalink

    Congrats to Charles! As a United Methodist pastor and a former Nazarene, this is well and good. Indeed, he was much more than a hymn writer. But, as a Floridian with a daughter at FSU and a daughter-in-law who is an Episcopal Priest in South Dakota who works with Native Americans, I would have been very pleased to see Harriett take the halo as well. Might I suggest the mother of the 19 Wesley siblings be nominated next year?! Susanna Wesley for golden halo!

    • Elaine's Gravatar Elaine
      April 17, 2014 - 10:01 am | Permalink

      Portia is following in Harriet’s footsteps in South Dakota!

  19. Cathy's Gravatar Cathy
    April 17, 2014 - 8:41 am | Permalink

    Just ordered 6 mugs as gifts for my family and friends in the Methodist Church in the hopes of encouraging their participation next year! Thank you for this Lenten discipline.

  20. Scott Elliott's Gravatar Scott Elliott
    April 17, 2014 - 8:44 am | Permalink

    There’s a Methodist to our Madness.

    • VT Patty's Gravatar VT Patty
      April 17, 2014 - 8:49 am | Permalink

      **like** :-)

    • Monica M's Gravatar Monica M
      April 17, 2014 - 11:30 am | Permalink

      hysterical – made me LOL!

  21. Linda M's Gravatar Linda M
    April 17, 2014 - 8:44 am | Permalink

    This is he only bracket race I have ever won, but it was a hard choice with Harriet. I wanted to vote for her too. Thank you all for making this a fun time during Lent. This is my first year doing this and I look forward to next year.

  22. VT Patty's Gravatar VT Patty
    April 17, 2014 - 8:47 am | Permalink

    Thank you SEC and Celebrity Bloggers for shepherding us through our Lenten journey once again.
    “They were all of them Saints of God . . .”

  23. Scott Elliott's Gravatar Scott Elliott
    April 17, 2014 - 8:48 am | Permalink

    3,607 votes + 3,407 votes = 7,012 voters?
    There did the other two votes come from?

  24. Cathy E's Gravatar Cathy E
    April 17, 2014 - 8:53 am | Permalink

    This is my second year of following Lent Madness and it has been as enjoyable as 2013 was. Being a Methodist, I have been enlightened with the bios of so many saints I had not known. I am delighted that Charles Wesley won, his hymns have made many worship services so much more meaningful. I’ll see you all next year.

  25. April 17, 2014 - 8:55 am | Permalink

    O for Ten Thousand (Facebook) Likes to Sing
    Hark the Herald (Lent) Madness Sing

    A ‘methodical’ man of God wins. Though, Harriet was and is a Saint of God.

  26. Mary UK's Gravatar Mary UK
    April 17, 2014 - 8:56 am | Permalink

    “All things shall perish
    From under the sky,
    Music alone shall live
    Music alone shall live
    Music alone shall live
    Never to die”
    Never to die

  27. April 17, 2014 - 8:57 am | Permalink

    Check out the new article on Charles Wesley’s short time in Boston, published this week in the Methodist Review:
    https://www.methodistreview.org/index.php/mr/article/view/101

    • April 17, 2014 - 1:52 pm | Permalink

      Can you get Methodist Review to show Lent Madness some love?

  28. Jamie Glock's Gravatar Jamie Glock
    April 17, 2014 - 8:57 am | Permalink

    A few weeks ago you posted a link for us to follow after Easter. Can’t locate it and want to post to my church’s FB page. Can you send me in the right direction?
    These past 40 days have been so great – don’t want to stop.

    • Another Peg's Gravatar Another Peg
      April 17, 2014 - 9:24 am | Permalink

      Are you thinking of Fifty Days of Fabulous, brought to you by the Forward Movement, with special guest appearance by the Archbishops and some of the Lent Madness CBs? It’s a great addition to Easter. http://50days.org/

  29. Kathy's Gravatar Kathy
    April 17, 2014 - 8:58 am | Permalink

    Adios. Au revoir. Arrivederci. This has been great fun and I am looking forward to next year!

  30. Grace Cangialosi's Gravatar Grace Cangialosi
    April 17, 2014 - 8:59 am | Permalink

    Well, at least Harriet gave him a run for his money! And I’m sure, in the tough graciousness that befits a Deaconess, she has congratulated him over a cup of tea. (or a glass of ‘shine! He wasn’t a Methodist, after all!)

  31. April 17, 2014 - 9:01 am | Permalink

    He’s no Mary Magdalene… ;-)

    • Molly Reingruber's Gravatar Molly Reingruber
      April 17, 2014 - 9:16 am | Permalink

      As she proclaims on my 2012 mug, “Good luck filling my shoes!”

  32. Barbara Ross's Gravatar Barbara Ross
    April 17, 2014 - 9:03 am | Permalink

    This has been fun, educational and inspirational. Thanks to the SEC and the celebrity bloggers who expanded my knowledge of saintly folk past and present in such an entertaining way. All Saints Day is a long way off, but I’ll certainly think of LM when we sing “For All the Saints.”

  33. Bruce Smith's Gravatar Bruce Smith
    April 17, 2014 - 9:06 am | Permalink

    Way to go, Chuck!

  34. April 17, 2014 - 9:08 am | Permalink

    Recount!!’

    • Marjorie's Gravatar Marjorie
      April 17, 2014 - 12:34 pm | Permalink

      I agree. Disappointed but there is always next year!

  35. April 17, 2014 - 9:11 am | Permalink

    I’m sure Bach would be pleased. It is an ecumenical victory this year, and being in full communion with the UMC (http://www.elca.org/Faith/Ecumenical-and-Inter-Religious-Relations/Full-Communion ), I rejoice with them and all those who supported Charles Wesley. Thanks to the almighty SEC for a great year, as well as to their many humble servants, and of course, you, the Lent Madness global viewing public.

  36. April 17, 2014 - 9:12 am | Permalink

    This has been terrifically fun and informative. Thanks to the Supreme Ones, all the Divine Bloggers, and our very own Connecticut Bracket Czar for a wonderful experience once again.
    And did not Jesus sing a psalm this night
    when utmost evil strove against the Light?
    Then let us sing, for whom he won the fight . . .

    Charles, I sincerely hope you are humming a celebratory tune in praise of your Lord and in thanksgiving for your life’s work! Harriet, you have inspired us all to serve more fully and to love more. Thank you, thank you.

  37. Tessa Lucero's Gravatar Tessa Lucero
    April 17, 2014 - 9:14 am | Permalink

    Loved Lent Madness and would like to spread the word. However, I’m not a coffee drinker. Has the SEC considered marketing Lent Madness t-shirts also? I would dearly love a purple T-shirt with “who will win the Golden Halo?” on the front and the LM logo on the back, and I’m sure I’m not the only one who would purchase this!

    • April 17, 2014 - 10:04 am | Permalink

      Love the T-shirt concept, but as Episcopalians I think we need glasses for Adult Beverages. After all, we do have that extra beatitude” Blessed are the debonnaire, for they are the twinkle in God’s eye.”

      • Tessa Lucero's Gravatar Tessa Lucero
        April 17, 2014 - 10:31 am | Permalink

        Ooo…good thought. Though in my experience adult beverages can be consumed out of any container, mugs included! And you’re right about Episcopalians, the denomination where the church kitchen probably has one can opener and four corkscrews. Though on Saturday night after the Great Vigil we will break our fast with chocolate and champagne, no corkscrew required!

  38. Charlie Brumbaugh's Gravatar Charlie Brumbaugh
    April 17, 2014 - 9:15 am | Permalink

    Thanks be to God for Charles and all musicians!

  39. Molly Reingruber's Gravatar Molly Reingruber
    April 17, 2014 - 9:20 am | Permalink

    Thank you Scott, Tim, Maple, CBs, and all FM & LM behind-the-scenes support staff.

  40. Madeleine Baier's Gravatar Madeleine Baier
    April 17, 2014 - 9:20 am | Permalink

    Tessa, that’s a great idea!!!!

    • Barbara's Gravatar Barbara
      April 18, 2014 - 10:28 am | Permalink

      at one church I was at we broke fast after vigil with cakes and cold duck!
      I like champagne better though.

  41. Pam Sten's Gravatar Pam Sten
    April 17, 2014 - 9:20 am | Permalink

    Can’t say I was strangely warmed about Charles, but I will be even more aware of his hymns while singing them, and I do congratulate him! I am very warmed by the fun of this year’s Lent Madness and the efforts of so many to find new ways to teach spiritual practices and church history through the LM bracket! Thanks ever so much to Tim and Scott, bloggers and researchers, production staff, and participants, and for modeling a wholesome way to “blog” and comment.

  42. Nancy Hause's Gravatar Nancy Hause
    April 17, 2014 - 9:24 am | Permalink

    Happy for Charles, but I do love Harriett. When can we make nominations for 2015? I’ve got a great one.

  43. Ann Shelly's Gravatar Ann Shelly
    April 17, 2014 - 9:29 am | Permalink

    I have really enjoyed my first Lent Madness. Such wonderful people to learn about and so many good things to take from each. Charles Wesley was a super winner! He would probably write a hymn about all of God’s people. Thanks for the experience.

  44. Megan Elizabeth's Gravatar Megan Elizabeth
    April 17, 2014 - 9:35 am | Permalink

    As a newly minted Episcopalian, I’ll have to pass this win on to my Methodist music teacher sister :). (And did I mention we were both raised Christian, Disciples of Christ and married men raised Catholic?)

  45. Another Peg's Gravatar Another Peg
    April 17, 2014 - 9:36 am | Permalink

    I thought this year would be Bach in a walk. But I learned to admire all comers–even those beknighted Egyptians–and by the time the Faithful Four set to, I was cheering for each one. Harriet is grinning at Charles now as they toast with Lent Madness mugs and wonder who among the cloud of witnesses will enter next year’s bracket. Thanks, SEC, bloggers, voters, and posters. What a joy to share in this community of light, laughter, and love.

    • Another Peg's Gravatar Another Peg
      April 17, 2014 - 9:50 am | Permalink

      oops–benighted

  46. Michael Gray's Gravatar Michael Gray
    April 17, 2014 - 9:40 am | Permalink

    I suspect a Methodist to this madness.
    Go Harriet

    • April 17, 2014 - 1:57 pm | Permalink

      This really should be a quote on the back of the Golden Halo mug!

  47. Rev. Lucy Porter's Gravatar Rev. Lucy Porter
    April 17, 2014 - 9:44 am | Permalink

    Lent Madness, for the second year in a row, has both entertained and inspired me! Thanks to everyone who has participated. May God give you all a blessed Triduum, Easter Day, and Eastertide. Love and peace from your United Methodist sister.

  48. Fr. Brian in Ohio's Gravatar Fr. Brian in Ohio
    April 17, 2014 - 9:48 am | Permalink

    I still don’t understand HOW Charles Wesley beat Phillips Brooks…Well, I hope the very least that comes out of this is that our ecumenical conversations with the Methodist are furthered…that is all I can say…

  49. Madeleine Baier's Gravatar Madeleine Baier
    April 17, 2014 - 9:52 am | Permalink

    Yes, heartfelt thanks to all and sundry who made this LM fun and informative! You all ROCK!!!

  50. Millie Ericson's Gravatar Millie Ericson
    April 17, 2014 - 9:53 am | Permalink

    It’s been a fantastic romp through the bracket this year. Thank you to all who work so hard to make it such a wonderful experience! Hooray for Charles! The music will soar even more joyously in our churches Sunday, as he inspires us to celebrate Resurrection with “Christ The Lord/Jesus Christ is risen today”.

  51. aleathia (dolores)nicholson's Gravatar aleathia (dolores)nicholson
    April 17, 2014 - 9:55 am | Permalink

    Gettin’ the purple mug and imprinting Harriet’s photo on it ! She won as far as I’m concerned because she still has the impetus to help us all be more and better than we are ! …..and AMEN for real !!!!!

  52. Jane C's Gravatar Jane C
    April 17, 2014 - 9:57 am | Permalink

    The countdown clock at the top of the page tells us Lent Madness 2014 begins in 308 days. That’s pretty startling when you see it early in the morning and think you will have to repeat the exact contest next March. I vote for Lent Madness 2015 beginning then instead.

    • rellingrw's Gravatar rellingrw
      April 17, 2014 - 12:08 pm | Permalink

      Great Idea Dolores!

  53. Phil's Gravatar Phil
    April 17, 2014 - 10:01 am | Permalink

    What was the final vote?

  54. Eileen's Gravatar Eileen
    April 17, 2014 - 10:04 am | Permalink

    Thank you so much! I too would like a t shirt.

  55. Phil's Gravatar Phil
    April 17, 2014 - 10:05 am | Permalink

    Did not Merton beat Wesley in the Saintly
    16 round?

  56. Cecil Liang's Gravatar Cecil Liang
    April 17, 2014 - 10:16 am | Permalink

    Charles Wesley would say
    “And can it be that I should gain, an interest in the golden halo.”

  57. Ellen Lincourt's Gravatar Ellen Lincourt
    April 17, 2014 - 10:28 am | Permalink

    Thank you Lent Madness and the Supreme Executive Council for this rough and tumble season. I learned a lot and am very happy with the winner (although all the saints would have made me happy, since they are all worthy).

  58. April 17, 2014 - 10:29 am | Permalink

    It should not surprise us that Deaconess Bedell has taken second place in this poll. After all, the first clause in her rule of life is “God is first”.

  59. April 17, 2014 - 10:37 am | Permalink

    Congratulations to Charles Wesley. This was my first time to play this game … I love it! Can’t want until 2015 rolls around. My first choice was Basil the Great. Hoping he would have made it through, but my last choice was the right choice. Happy Easter to all for “Christ the Lord has risen today … Alleluia!”

  60. Patricia Nakamura's Gravatar Patricia Nakamura
    April 17, 2014 - 10:47 am | Permalink

    And so Lent Madness Withdrawal begins.
    Surely the only cure is one more chocolate crème egg.

    Thanks to the Supreme Executive Council and their Holinesses Cranmer and Chrysostom for a great run.

  61. Phil's Gravatar Phil
    April 17, 2014 - 10:58 am | Permalink

    I am rejoicing that Charles Wesley won — especially since Bach lost (I still think there should have been a recount!). My joy is mixed with a little bit of sadness that anyone (and it has now happened twice against Charles) thought they could engage in voter fraud/cheating to beat Charles Wesley! What did people think, that Spy Wednesday was a day to celebrate Judas for his betrayal of Jesus? This is simply the sin of arrogance — arrogance that says that the perpetrator knows better than anyone else who should win! Scripture labels arrogance as the worst of sins. Unfortunately, it goes back to original sin — Adam and Eve thought they knew better than the Lord God Himself about eating the forbidden fruit from the tree of knowledge! However, I am ever so glad that good once again triumphed over evil to save the day! Congratulations to Charles Wesley! It was mostly fun!

  62. Mary Nicholson's Gravatar Mary Nicholson
    April 17, 2014 - 10:58 am | Permalink

    It was awesome to be apart of Lenten Madness. It is a great way to learn of all those that went before. How they worked to spread the Kingdom of God is so varied. It shows us, me, how in so many different ways God can be glorified. We such need to be open to what God wants us to do. We are Blessed to have a living God to call upon and trust and hope in for guidance.

    • Paul Kelley's Gravatar Paul Kelley
      April 17, 2014 - 11:35 am | Permalink

      Well said, a good summary.

  63. Susie's Gravatar Susie
    April 17, 2014 - 11:04 am | Permalink

    Congratulations, Charles! And THANKS so much Scott & Tim & CBs for the knowledge (new-to-me wonderful saints & vocab!), humor, fun & entertainment this Lent–a blessed Triduum to all!

  64. Verdery's Gravatar Verdery
    April 17, 2014 - 11:26 am | Permalink

    It can’t be over already! Just the other day we were trying to decide between Basil the Great and Christina the Astonishing. I’ve met some really interesting–and downright strange–folks here (I’m speaking, of course, of the contestants!) and have gotten to know Celebrity Bloggers, frequent commentators, and of course the Supreme Executive Council.
    Many, many thanks, Tim and Scott, for another great year. May you have a blessed Triduum and a restful Easter Monday.

  65. Carol Buckalew's Gravatar Carol Buckalew
    April 17, 2014 - 11:33 am | Permalink

    A big thanks to the SEC and to all the Celebrity Bloggers! Another terrific Lent Madness is complete and what a ride this one was.
    I will now try to create 2 little crochet figures of Charles Wesley for each SEC for their personal Hall of Fame of Golden Halo winners. It might help me cope with LM withdrawal.

  66. Diane's Gravatar Diane
    April 17, 2014 - 11:59 am | Permalink

    I had to laugh at myself: When I saw the subject in my e-mail I tossed my hands in the air yelling (well, quietly as I’m a librarian) “Yes!” It was a hard choice at the end and I think I would have been satisfied if Harriet had taken the halo. It was a great season, I learned a lot and met some wonderful saints.

  67. Yvonne's Gravatar Yvonne
    April 17, 2014 - 12:08 pm | Permalink

    Shouldn’t the countdown clock say 2015?

  68. April 17, 2014 - 12:12 pm | Permalink

    Well, congratulations to Charles Wesley on winning the Golden Halo. I hope this reassures all those who worried that Bach’s earlier defeat meant Episcopal Churches would be overrun with big screens and follow-the-bouncing ball music. We love our hymnody. We love our liturgy. And Lent Madness is da bomb. Thanks! I look forward to more madness next year.

  69. Fiona's Gravatar Fiona
    April 17, 2014 - 12:22 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for a fabulous Lent once again. I have learned so much. Would have been delighted with either of the final two winning but surprised myself by voting for the winner for once. I will sing his seasonal hymns with purple tinted glasses and a happy smile.

  70. Birdbike's Gravatar Birdbike
    April 17, 2014 - 12:47 pm | Permalink

    Oh what fun we have had. Cant wait to get my mug.

  71. Barbara's Gravatar Barbara
    April 17, 2014 - 12:57 pm | Permalink

    I am redoing my entire Easter bulletin to include this new and inspiring hymn. Perhaps there is a new saintly hymn writer in the making. i ordered my mug!! Love to the SEC for such a great attitude towards all us commentators in the peanut gallery. Happy 50 days. Peace, Babs

  72. Kim B's Gravatar Kim B
    April 17, 2014 - 1:02 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for Lent Madness.

  73. Lisa Leadley's Gravatar Lisa Leadley
    April 17, 2014 - 1:29 pm | Permalink

    Well my first Lent Madness is under my belt & I have read all the posts with much interest and admiration for beating me to the punch on almost everything I had wanted to say! Other than…I have appointed myself as the Lent Madness 2015 Commissioner for my home parish of St. Christopher’s Fort Worth and the campaign has begun in earnest!!

  74. Conny Santana's Gravatar Conny Santana
    April 17, 2014 - 2:12 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations to my dear Br. Larry Hicks and all the great Methodists at Big Clifty, McDaniels, and Alexandria Chapel UMC churches in Kentucky. Go circuit riders!

  75. Donald Lowery's Gravatar Donald Lowery
    April 17, 2014 - 2:20 pm | Permalink

    Not a Wesley text, but Charles told me we could use this one as well:

    Crown him with many crowns, Charles Wesley on his throne,
    His heavenly anthems sing with texts that are his own.
    His words we love to sing, they make the heavens ring
    We sings his praises to the sky, his words the truth have sown.

  76. Carol Virginia's Gravatar Carol Virginia
    April 17, 2014 - 2:29 pm | Permalink

    Hooray Everybody! A golden halo for Saint Charles Wesley and a gloriously mad new hymn to commemorate his life and works. It makes my syncopated heart sing! Would that we could actually sing it together! ;-)

  77. Molly Reingruber's Gravatar Molly Reingruber
    April 17, 2014 - 3:01 pm | Permalink
  78. K8's Gravatar K8
    April 17, 2014 - 5:01 pm | Permalink

    This was my 1st Lent Madness.
    WOW!
    Yippee for the future
    So sad for not having before found it this year

  79. Gay Greenleaf's Gravatar Gay Greenleaf
    April 17, 2014 - 5:09 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for a stimulating Lent, especially to CB Robert Hendrickson who brought Lent Madness to the Wilderness in Denver. Encountering new saints was specially rewarding since it introduced me to Harriet Bedell, among others. Her story recalled to me the memory of a dear friend, George Harris, whose ministry took him to the Philippines, Mobridge, SD, and finally to Alaska, where he served as bishop. I was voting for Harriet all the way, but will be singing “Jesus Christ (or is it Charles Wesley) is risen today” with special gusto this Easter. Looking forward to next year!

  80. linda lapham's Gravatar linda lapham
    April 17, 2014 - 5:54 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for a wonderful Lent—Congratulations to Charles!

  81. Mary Celestia's Gravatar Mary Celestia
    April 17, 2014 - 6:03 pm | Permalink

    This was my first Lent Madness, looking forward to the Fabulous Fifty. LM was just fantastic and I’m already in the countdown to next year. Many thanks to all those involved in LM and now you need to take a much deserved rest !!! Thank you

  82. Amanda Rines's Gravatar Amanda Rines
    April 17, 2014 - 6:37 pm | Permalink

    I think your song words are a bit sacraligeous, especially for a man of the caliber of Charles Wesley who was a humble reformer of the church – I will, however accept them in the spirit with which you penned them. It is our Lord Jesus Christ who is risen and Charles Wesley would be mortified at your tribute!

  83. Clara Mitchell's Gravatar Clara Mitchell
    April 18, 2014 - 7:02 am | Permalink

    I am thrilled that Charles Wesley was voted for the ‘Golden Halo’.
    I grew up on his hymns and am still moved by them to this day!

    Kudos to all of the writers and researchers.

  84. Harlie Youngblood's Gravatar Harlie Youngblood
    April 18, 2014 - 9:37 am | Permalink

    It’s Good Friday and Lent Madness is over. Is it still possible to post a comment?
    Is anybody out there? HELLO! HELLO….Hello….hello….
    If you can still hear me, thanks to the Supreme Executive Committee, the Celebrity Bloggers, the Bracket Czar, Maple Anglican, the Commentators, and the Voters for yet another wonderful Lent Madness.
    And thanks be to God and all the saints.
    Amen.

    • Barbara's Gravatar Barbara
      April 18, 2014 - 12:51 pm | Permalink

      If Tim sees dead people surely he can hear you! Babs

      • Harlie Youngblood's Gravatar Harlie Youngblood
        April 18, 2014 - 6:25 pm | Permalink

        Good point!

  85. Conny Santana's Gravatar Conny Santana
    April 19, 2014 - 5:37 am | Permalink

    Hahaha! Great Lent. HOLY TIME NOW. God bless all. The Great vigil is upon us.

  86. Harlie Youngblood's Gravatar Harlie Youngblood
    April 19, 2014 - 10:05 am | Permalink

    Only FIVE more services to go!
    Holy Saturday liturgy this morning, The Great Vigil tonight, Easter Day liturgy at 7:00,
    9:00, and 11:00.
    Then….collapse!
    It’s the most wonderful time of the year.

    • April 19, 2014 - 10:21 am | Permalink

      We need a count at the end of how many times you’ve enjoyed a Charles Wesley hymn during this cycle!

      • Harlie Youngblood's Gravatar Harlie Youngblood
        April 19, 2014 - 10:30 am | Permalink

        Good idea! I will do that.

  87. April 20, 2014 - 7:06 am | Permalink

    Estimable saints all
    With congratulations to the winner
    Worthy lives to recall
    In conversations at our dinner

    Please consider the modern Servant of Peace, Dag Hammarskjold, for 2015.

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