Congratulations to 2015 Golden Halo Winner — Francis of Assisi

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The Lent Madness Supreme Executive Committee congratulates Francis of Assisi on his victory in Lent Madness 2015. With over 8,200 votes cast, Francis and Brigid of Kildare staged an epic neck-and-neck race throughout the day, fueling saintly passions across the globe. The SEC has certified the election (after having to zap some votes from several over-voters). In the end, rest assured that the result was close but clean.

To honor this achievement we have taken the liberty of rewriting his famous Canticle of the Sun. We suggest this be used in every Easter Day liturgy — either in the context of the sermon or as a communion anthem.

Canticle of the Sun
(Golden Halo Edition)

Most high, all powerful, all good SEC!
All praise is yours, all glory, all honor, and all blessing.
To you, alone, Tim and Scott, do they belong.
With a few Celebrity Bloggers thrown in.
Since we don’t pay them much. Mostly free mugs.

Be praised, my Lord, through all your voters,
especially through my Brother Oliver,
who once was seven but now is eight.
His voting touch has been a thing of beauty!

Be praised, my SEC, through Sister Brigid;
in the heavens you have made her bright, precious, and beautiful.
Though not victorious. I might add.
Oh, she of the “Silver” Halo.

Be praised, my Lord, through Brothers Facebook and Twitter,
through which you give your creatures sustenance
and a venue for holy trash talking.

Be praised, my Lord, through Sister Bracket;
the large poster-sized one that is useful and understated
and holds the place of honor in every church parish hall.

Be praised, my SEC, through Brother Kitsch,
through whom you brighten the night
with glow in the dark statues of the Virgin Mary,
who, by the way, will never be put in the bracket.

Be praised, my SEC, through Sister Golden Halo,
who shines brightly and emits such a blinding aura
that we are unworthy to look her way
for by you, SEC, with the help of the Lent Madness voting public
does she crown the head of victory.

Praise and bless the SEC, and give thanks,
for they serve with such unsurpassed humility.

But wait, there’s more!

Francis GH mugCommemorate this great moment in church history by purchasing your very own Francis of Assisi mug. It features Francis with the words “2015 Golden Halo Winner” and “Lent Madness.” This is the perfect gift for every Lent Madness voter, every saint lover…or really anyone who drinks liquid in any form. For that matter, you can always use this mug as a birdbath. The Francis of Assisi Golden Halo Winner Lent Madness 2015 mug is white ceramic, ready to hold 11 ounces of your favorite beverage or something for the birds. Pre-order yours now for just $11. Buy five or more for just $9 each. They’ll ship soon! Buy now!

BRIGID FANS: Your pleas have been heard by the SEC. Due to the exceedingly close nature Brigid glass_webof the competition for the Golden Halo, we are awarding the first ever Silver Halo to Brigid of Kildare. Stay tuned for your chance to own a Lent Madness Brigid-inspired pint glass. Keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter accounts, because we’ll announce when the Brigid pint glass is available in the Lentorium. It should be sometime in the next few days.

For now, have yourself a blessed Holy Week and joyful Easter. You’ve earned it!


108 Comments to "Congratulations to 2015 Golden Halo Winner — Francis of Assisi"

  1. Joyce Spangler's Gravatar Joyce Spangler
    April 2, 2015 - 8:18 am | Permalink

    Thank you for providing a consolation prize for Brigid. She was my favorite all along.

    • Harry Moncelle's Gravatar Harry Moncelle
      April 2, 2015 - 8:21 am | Permalink

      I agree with Joyce, excellent move by the all wise SEC! and Many thanks for another Lent Madness!

    • robyn's Gravatar robyn
      April 2, 2015 - 9:25 am | Permalink

      I agree with you!

    • Robert's Gravatar Robert
      April 2, 2015 - 3:14 pm | Permalink

      I had her losing to Brendan in my bracket, but I’m an old sailor, so I was kind of biased. Since she’s Irish, I’m hoping it’s an Imperial Pint! More authentic. : )

  2. April 2, 2015 - 8:20 am | Permalink

    I just love you guys. thanks for both entertaining and educating us!

  3. Peg S.'s Gravatar Peg S.
    April 2, 2015 - 8:21 am | Permalink

    This puts the “Ha” inHallelujah! What a perfect ending to this divine Madness!

    • Marney's Gravatar Marney
      April 2, 2015 - 10:54 am | Permalink

      Need that “like” button for this!

  4. Carol horton's Gravatar Carol horton
    April 2, 2015 - 8:21 am | Permalink

    Just how close was the count? We’re there Francis votes discounted as well?
    Looking forward to the Brigid glass!

    • Robert's Gravatar Robert
      April 2, 2015 - 2:24 pm | Permalink

      I would like to know the same thing. Have a good year, everyone!

  5. Regina's Gravatar Regina
    April 2, 2015 - 8:27 am | Permalink

    Please consider putting Brigid on a coffee mug for us coffee drinkers. Thanks!!

  6. Debs's Gravatar Debs
    April 2, 2015 - 8:28 am | Permalink

    Brilliant! I couldn’t agree more and eagerly await this fitting and heartwarming tribute. Looking forward to flashing it about the next time someone says, “Fancy a pint?”

  7. Casandra's Gravatar Casandra
    April 2, 2015 - 8:28 am | Permalink

    To all who have acquired the taste for hagiography, I cannot recommend the book “All Saints” by Robert Ellsberg enough. It is Christian yet somewhat inclusive (Gandhi, Martin Buber, for example), and is organized in a reading-a-day format. These biographies are beautifully written, and I have been inspired, and even transformed by this book. I sincerely commend it to the LM public.

    • Lucy Porter's Gravatar Lucy Porter
      April 2, 2015 - 9:33 am | Permalink

      Thank you so much for recommending the book, “All Saints”. I plan to get it and use it as part of our family morning devotion. Happy Easter to all!

  8. Janice Batton's Gravatar Janice Batton
    April 2, 2015 - 8:29 am | Permalink

    While it was a tough choice in yesterday’ s voting (as was in several previous rounds) you all (I really should say Y’ALL) have made this THE BEST LENT EVER! I have been engaged in a new a meaningful way. I especially liked including Saints across the religions as I tend to worship from Episcopal to Methodist to Roman Catholic (by birth). BLESSINGS TO Y’ALL WHO BROUGHT FORTH LM AND ITS PARTICIPANTS! AND, A VERY HAPPY EASTER & BEYOND!

  9. lindanola's Gravatar lindanola
    April 2, 2015 - 8:30 am | Permalink

    wonderful- happy for Francis, but awarding Brigid a consolation prize is just great!

  10. Jackie's Gravatar Jackie
    April 2, 2015 - 8:30 am | Permalink

    Thank you for a wonderful Lent Madness.

  11. April 2, 2015 - 8:30 am | Permalink

    Sign me up for the Brigid pint glass. Congratulations to Francis and thanks to the SEC for a fun and fruitful Lent Madness 2015–and a blessed Holy Week to all.

  12. Tom Van Brunt's Gravatar Tom Van Brunt
    April 2, 2015 - 8:31 am | Permalink

    A Brigid beer mug is just what I need. Pre pre order one for me.

  13. Shirley's Gravatar Shirley
    April 2, 2015 - 8:32 am | Permalink

    How wonderful that Brigid gets an award too! I may just have to order a glass when they become available. Thanks for the wonderful Madness this year!

  14. Donna's Gravatar Donna
    April 2, 2015 - 8:32 am | Permalink

    I agree. “All Saints” is a wonderful and enlightening book. I highly recommend it.

  15. Miss Jennifer's Gravatar Miss Jennifer
    April 2, 2015 - 8:33 am | Permalink

    Looking forward to a delicious glass of milk in my Brigid pint glass to drink with my grilled cheese!

  16. Kathy's Gravatar Kathy
    April 2, 2015 - 8:34 am | Permalink

    You arenawesome for giving credit to Oliver in your Canticle of the Sun! He brought a smile to my fave every morning.

  17. April 2, 2015 - 8:35 am | Permalink

    I really liked the diversity this year. Ethnic, religious and gender diversity.

  18. Suzanne Rogers's Gravatar Suzanne Rogers
    April 2, 2015 - 8:35 am | Permalink

    Thank you SEC and everyone!

  19. Tom's Gravatar Tom
    April 2, 2015 - 8:36 am | Permalink

    Holy cow! A St. Brigid pint glass?!?! That’s so incredibly awesome!

    Hey guys! Who wants to go drinking with me and a St. Brigid pint glass?!?

    • Robert's Gravatar Robert
      April 2, 2015 - 2:25 pm | Permalink

      Count me in!

  20. Ellen's Gravatar Ellen
    April 2, 2015 - 8:45 am | Permalink

    But will giving St Brigid the silver knock her out from future contention for the Golden Halo? I mean, there are few Saints who could ever have come this close to defeating the powerhouse of St. Francis of Assisi. Shouldn’t she be able to come back in a few years and take the gold?!?

    • Tessa Lucero's Gravatar Tessa Lucero
      April 2, 2015 - 12:37 pm | Permalink

      Since Brigid made it to the Final Four this year, she’s not going to be eligible for Lent Madness for the next four years. Here is a quote from the May 2014 call for nominations for the 2015 bracket advising who would not be eligible:
      This includes the entire field of Lent Madness 2014, those saints who made it to the Round of the Elate Eight in 2013 and 2012, and those from the 2011 Faithful Four.

      So Brigid will next be eligible for Lent Madness in 2020 by my calculations. Francis, having made it to the Faithful Four in 2010 before being defeated by Julian of Norwich who in turn lost to C.S. Lewis, was not eligible again until this year, 2015. For next year, Lent 2016, the entire 2015 lineup is not eligible, nor are the 2014 and 2013 Elate Eight and the 2012 Faithful Four.

      And it’s never certain. Charles Wesley was in a previous year’s bracket and got voted out in the first round, then earned his Golden Halo last year. Who’d have ever thought that Frances Perkins would be the winner in 2013?

      • Nancy Wylie's Gravatar Nancy Wylie
        April 3, 2015 - 9:30 am | Permalink

        So Egeria is out until 2020 also?

    • Christi Hill's Gravatar Christi Hill
      April 2, 2015 - 1:34 pm | Permalink

      Oh yesSSS! She should be allowed into the running in a few years.

    • Robert's Gravatar Robert
      April 2, 2015 - 2:26 pm | Permalink

      Excellent question! Please don’t banish her, I mean, after all, she didn’t win and that’s the rule of thumb, isn’t it?

  21. April 2, 2015 - 8:48 am | Permalink

    Wait! A Silver Halo?? What about a Bronze halo as well? I like the idea of a pint glass for Brigid given her heritage and our perception of her heritage. Hmmm…. the possibilities!

  22. Martha's Gravatar Martha
    April 2, 2015 - 8:49 am | Permalink

    Thank you, SEC, for enriching my Lenten meditations. The saintly collects are enlightening. While I really hoped for a Kamehameha win, I love the bonus of a St. Brigid silver halo!
    Blessed Triduum to you.

  23. Laura's Gravatar Laura
    April 2, 2015 - 8:50 am | Permalink

    May I just observe that St. Francis seems to be contemplating a chocolate moose in this drawing?

    • Peg S.'s Gravatar Peg S.
      April 2, 2015 - 9:17 am | Permalink

      Now I really need to order the mug so I can smile each day at Brother Francis and Brother Moose.

    • Fiona Haworth's Gravatar Fiona Haworth
      April 2, 2015 - 10:03 am | Permalink

      Perhaps that’s why he looks a little puzzled and Brigid is smiling 🙂

  24. babzee's Gravatar babzee
    April 2, 2015 - 8:51 am | Permalink

    i look forward to the pint glass!! great idea!! what a great time this was. thanks to all who made it such a success. and Oliver have a great year 8!

  25. Lori's Gravatar Lori
    April 2, 2015 - 8:53 am | Permalink

    A most excellent decision to give the silver to St. Brigid!! My vote went to her (as it had throughout Lent Madness); but I love St. Francis, as well! I can only repeat several previous comments; I can’t wait to drink out of a St. Brigid pint glass!! It’ll make a wonderful addition to my collection!! Thank you, SEC! Another wonderful Lent of learning about these blessed people!! Happy Easter, y’all!!

  26. Gene Kleppinger's Gravatar Gene Kleppinger
    April 2, 2015 - 8:58 am | Permalink

    Please offer a combined set of St. Francis mug and Brigid glass.

  27. Betsy's Gravatar Betsy
    April 2, 2015 - 8:58 am | Permalink

    The SEC is brilliant! I propose that we always have a silver halo for the first runner up. I definitely think Francis would approve.

    • VT Patty's Gravatar VT Patty
      April 2, 2015 - 9:46 am | Permalink

      Great idea!

      • Glenis Elliott's Gravatar Glenis Elliott
        April 2, 2015 - 10:07 am | Permalink


  28. Susan Maurine's Gravatar Susan Maurine
    April 2, 2015 - 9:03 am | Permalink

    “Over-voters”—you heard it first here, folks! Love it!

    And a SILVER HALO PINT GLASS! (ooh, ah, gasp!)

    What a fabulous ending to yet another spectacular season of Lent Madness. Thank you to everyone. Happy Easter, y’all!!

  29. Nate Prentice's Gravatar Nate Prentice
    April 2, 2015 - 9:04 am | Permalink

    Bah. The popular guys get all the perks.

    He may be Homecoming King now, but he’ll be fat, balding, drunk, and in a trailer park in a back lot in Heaven, or worse, a statue in my back yard when time passes.

    I’m waiting for Brigid to announce her candidacy in 2016.

    • Scott Elliott's Gravatar Scott Elliott
      April 2, 2015 - 9:20 am | Permalink

      Actually, Nate raises a good question. Previous Golden Halo winners are exempt from further LM competition. Does the Silver Halo exempt Brigid? (I vote no.)

      • Robert's Gravatar Robert
        April 2, 2015 - 2:54 pm | Permalink

        I, too, vote that Brigid maintains her Lent Madness eligibility.

  30. Rebecca Saager's Gravatar Rebecca Saager
    April 2, 2015 - 9:13 am | Permalink

    Thank you all for this most thought proving activity. I am sure there is a lot of work behind the scenes to have this run so smoothly. I have so enjoyed it and look forward each day to learning more about the Saints.

  31. Jane Bucci's Gravatar Jane Bucci
    April 2, 2015 - 9:15 am | Permalink

    My sentiments have already been captured so in the spirit of gratitude I will simply extend to everyone – and I do mean EVERYONE – my deep appreciation for a much enriched Lenten Journey. I can barely wait for next year! Easter Blessings to one and all.

  32. Bronwyn Clark Skov's Gravatar Bronwyn Clark Skov
    April 2, 2015 - 9:19 am | Permalink

    Well done SEC and EYE. Thank you for an excellent series and for honoring the votes and opinions of young people in your midst; Oliver and the teens at EYE who put Francis in the running in the first place.

  33. Carol G's Gravatar Carol G
    April 2, 2015 - 9:20 am | Permalink

    Can’t wait for the Brigid pint glass.
    And I toast Gene’s suggestion of the 2015 LM “set”! Holy cow indeed! !!!

  34. Greg Francis Eischeid's Gravatar Greg Francis Eischeid
    April 2, 2015 - 9:22 am | Permalink

    Wishing you all thanks and a great Easter! Lent madness has very much enhanced the journey. Mugs and hopefully pint glasses on order. Will that glass fill with beer every time I reach for it?

    • Robert's Gravatar Robert
      April 2, 2015 - 2:56 pm | Permalink

      I don’t know if it’ll work, but I’m going to put some lake water in mine – maybe it’ll turn to beer!

  35. Kim's Gravatar Kim
    April 2, 2015 - 9:23 am | Permalink

    Thanks, SEC – another great Lent Madness! I feel lucky to say that I look forward to Lent every year!

    • Glenis Elliott's Gravatar Glenis Elliott
      April 2, 2015 - 10:08 am | Permalink

      I second this comment.

  36. george barnette's Gravatar george barnette
    April 2, 2015 - 9:23 am | Permalink

    In the second sentence of your introductory paragraph, I’m not sure I would have referred to stimulated passions in this context during Holy Week. It invites comparison with another’s passion, particularly one which far outweighs one’s support for Frank or Bridey.

  37. NJ's Gravatar NJ
    April 2, 2015 - 9:25 am | Permalink

    I concur with Gene Kleppinger’s “set” recommendation, even though Francis got my ultimate vote. Wow, Charles Wesley last year and Francis this year as the Golden Halo winners!

  38. April 2, 2015 - 9:27 am | Permalink

    We’ll be having one of each, thank you…. Coffee and a Pint…. what could be better?!

  39. John's Gravatar John
    April 2, 2015 - 9:27 am | Permalink

    I am educated and edified! Thanks be to God for the SEC, Francis, Brigid and all the saints for their faithful witness. Francis and Brigid mugs seem like the way to go!

  40. GDL's Gravatar GDL
    April 2, 2015 - 9:31 am | Permalink

    I was hoping to see the percentages as in the other closely contested battles. Maybe you will do that soon as well.

    • Robert's Gravatar Robert
      April 2, 2015 - 3:09 pm | Permalink

      Based on the post that Tim Schenck left, it would have been 4,217 for Francis and 4,040 for Brigid, still the 51% to 49% margin of victory (or loss, in my case!).

  41. Fr Kevin's Gravatar Fr Kevin
    April 2, 2015 - 9:35 am | Permalink

    Dear high and lofty SEC,
    Your one-off decision to award a Silver Halo in light of the closeness of the vote this year is inspired. And you are to be commended for your diligence in keeping the voting pure, spotless & undefiled.
    Hard to believe that I have to wait 357 days for the 2016 award ceremony!

  42. April 2, 2015 - 9:43 am | Permalink

    For those wondering about the specific vote totals, there were 8,257 cast. Francis won by 177 votes or 51% to 49%. Nearly a dead heat!

    • April 2, 2015 - 10:00 am | Permalink

      Thanks for posting the results. I knew it was going to be close but am overjoyed that Brother Francis won the Golden Halo. As a follower of the Poverello, I was pulling for him all the way.

      I am currently researching some saints who accompany people in illness. I hope to see some of them in the next Lent Madness bracket.

  43. April 2, 2015 - 9:46 am | Permalink

    Another glorious year! I may have to start drinking beer, just to use my St. Brigid glass.

  44. Steve P's Gravatar Steve P
    April 2, 2015 - 9:47 am | Permalink

    So happy to hear that a pint glass will recognize Brigid. The SEC in its wisdom has decided to provide this option for the Silver Halo winner, not just if she was crowned with gold. Marvelous!

  45. VT Patty's Gravatar VT Patty
    April 2, 2015 - 9:49 am | Permalink

    Thank you SEC, Celebrity Bloggers, and fellow voters (especially Oliver!). This madness always makes for a holy Lent. Blessed Easter to all!

  46. April 2, 2015 - 9:52 am | Permalink

    What a finish! Thanks for another educational, thought-provoking Lent. Might have to get me a Brigid pint glass to celebrate the saints.

  47. Lucy Porter's Gravatar Lucy Porter
    April 2, 2015 - 9:59 am | Permalink

    Idea for next year: How about a Lent Madness in some other color for those of us who look awful in purple? Say maybe white with purple lettering? Just askin’!

  48. Lucy Porter's Gravatar Lucy Porter
    April 2, 2015 - 10:00 am | Permalink

    Oops! I left out the crucial words, “T-shirt”!

    • Susan Maurine's Gravatar Susan Maurine
      April 2, 2015 - 10:02 am | Permalink

      Oh,okay–I thought you were worried about being seen with a purple mug in your hand!!

  49. Karis Post's Gravatar Karis Post
    April 2, 2015 - 10:00 am | Permalink

    Mr. Ellsburg also wrote Blessed Among Among All Women–a compendium of “saintly” women, not all of whom have been canonized…

  50. Sue from Boston's Gravatar Sue from Boston
    April 2, 2015 - 10:01 am | Permalink

    I love the “both/and” rather than the “either/or” thinking that we are all doing at the end of this year’s Lent Madness. The Angels must be clapping their wings in glee! Congrats to humble Francis for earning his Golden Halo, but let’s SA award a Silver Halo for Brigid for the passion that she inspired. Thanks, Tim and Scottu, for demonstrating that we in the LM community are all winners here. Sign me up now for my matched set of a mug for my espresso and a pint for my Irish beer. Peace to you all.

  51. Anne E.B.'s Gravatar Anne E.B.
    April 2, 2015 - 10:01 am | Permalink

    Congratulations! St. Francis takes the Gold and St. Brigid takes the Silver. Perhaps a Bronze Halo winner in 2016? What a fun, informative Lenten season. Easter Blessings to everyone. See y’all next year.

  52. Barbara Ross's Gravatar Barbara Ross
    April 2, 2015 - 10:08 am | Permalink

    Inspired decision to award a silver halo as well. I’m happy that my favorite saint, Francis, prevailed. But I’m also glad I got to meet some new saints on the journey, especially Eugeria. I’ll be thinking of her amidst the smells, bells and glorious Easter liturgy at Church of the Ascension in NY on Sunday. Happy Easter to all!

  53. Patricia Nakamura's Gravatar Patricia Nakamura
    April 2, 2015 - 10:09 am | Permalink

    I suspect my Seamus and Haile were not the only 4-footed, albeit surreptitious ,
    voters yesterday.

  54. nancy strong's Gravatar nancy strong
    April 2, 2015 - 10:18 am | Permalink

    Thank you all for this inspired Lenten Lunacy! Loved seeing Oliver’s comments
    each day! Sometimes I like to I think of the Communion of Saints as this incredible extended family to which I belong by Grace, complete with the usual assortment of daffy and slightly odd siblings…oh wait, i’m odd,too! Actually, “unique” is a better adjective, each of us made in the image of God for God’s Glory…and, oh my, what Glory we behold, and infinitely more to await!

    Blessings be upon all who watch and wait and long for the Eighth Day of Creation!


  55. Anne Tanner's Gravatar Anne Tanner
    April 2, 2015 - 10:23 am | Permalink

    Many thanks to the SEC but also to my fellow commenters through the whole process. Oliver, keep up with your studies this year because they get harder when you’re 8, and we want you to be with us again next year. Happy Easter, everyone.

  56. Gail Renborg's Gravatar Gail Renborg
    April 2, 2015 - 10:26 am | Permalink

    As I said in an earlier post, I think Brigid and Francis would have made a delightful couple! Cheerful and kind, generous and humble. I’m so glad they both rose to the top of the field of competitors. I am a very happy – Rookie no more – Lenten Madness Fan!

  57. Naomi Karstad's Gravatar Naomi Karstad
    April 2, 2015 - 10:45 am | Permalink

    I also think there should be a St. Brigid beer glass. Thank you for educating me about so many different saints. For next year’s Saintly Sixteen, I humbly suggest that you consider Enmegahbowh, the first Native American Episcopal priest. Blessed Easter to you and all those you love.

  58. Becky Snow's Gravatar Becky Snow
    April 2, 2015 - 10:59 am | Permalink

    I hope having a Silver Halo does not preclude Brigid’s inclusion in future brackets. Francis is definitely deserving, but it would be a strangely unsaintly system that imposed a glass ceiling on halo aspirations (not that Brigid would care, but her supporters might).

    • Robert's Gravatar Robert
      April 2, 2015 - 2:30 pm | Permalink

      Hear, hear!

  59. John Sorensen's Gravatar John Sorensen
    April 2, 2015 - 11:16 am | Permalink

    As Hook said, “Good Form!” SEC. The inventive Canticle, the excellent mug, the close St Francis win at the buzzer. I’ll look forward to next Lent. Time to buy a mug or 6. And some Bridget beer glasses. I like Gene’s idea, combine them In a gift pack offering both!

    • Janice Batton's Gravatar Janice Batton
      April 2, 2015 - 2:06 pm | Permalink


      • andrea's Gravatar andrea
        April 2, 2015 - 8:48 pm | Permalink

        I also like the idea of a combo pack! Perhaps Egeria for the bronze?

  60. Lea's Gravatar Lea
    April 2, 2015 - 11:26 am | Permalink

    Could you have a coffee cup with St. Brigid on it as well? I can’t drink alcohol and a pint glass wouldn’t do me much good, sadly. I do, however, drink a LOT of coffee and tea. Thank you!!

    And thanks for a wonderful Lent Madness! I learned about new saints and holy folks that have remained obscured to me until now. That and the ongoing humor, especially the kitsch, has made my day every day. Gotta love that! 😀

  61. Barbara S.'s Gravatar Barbara S.
    April 2, 2015 - 11:29 am | Permalink

    I see the countdown clock has been reset already. You guys…..

    (Thrilled to see my man Francis with the Golden Halo. Loved your Canticle of Lent Madness, too; fantastic work!)

  62. pris's Gravatar pris
    April 2, 2015 - 11:31 am | Permalink

    Thank you for a great series!

  63. Nancy Sassaman's Gravatar Nancy Sassaman
    April 2, 2015 - 11:48 am | Permalink

    Could King Kamehameha get a bronze? Everyone in the Pineapple Underground was pulling for him.

  64. Mary Garrigan's Gravatar Mary Garrigan
    April 2, 2015 - 11:54 am | Permalink

    I so wanted a St. Brigid coffee mug. Will offer the lack of one in my cupboard up as another Lenten sacrifice I guess. Put me down for a pint glass instead.

  65. April 2, 2015 - 12:00 pm | Permalink

    The Silver Halo is a GREAT addition and I would respectfully beckon the SEC to consider a bronze halo for King Kamehameha! Well done SEC. A WONDERFUL Lenten Spiritual Formation Event. It gets better ever year!

  66. Nancy's Gravatar Nancy
    April 2, 2015 - 12:37 pm | Permalink

    Thank you SEC for Lent Madness! I’m so happy that St. Francis won the Golden Halo this year but I think this drawing of him looks quite a bit like Bette Davis. Am I seeing things?!

  67. James Oppenheimer's Gravatar James Oppenheimer
    April 2, 2015 - 12:44 pm | Permalink

    We narrowed it down this year to two of the biggest personalities ever.
    Of all the saints of all times and places, there simply is not one who can come close to the beautiful loving Francis of Assisi. He can actually claim to be “more popular than Jesus now!” Even Atheists can’t bring themselves to attack Francis.
    When visiting Ireland, land of some of my ancestors, the spiritual dimension of the land was a constant, palpable presence. Holy wells were not merely places of idle superstition, but places of devotion — thin places.
    Brigid (Brig) is a figure that predates Christianity. As such the figure of Saint Brigid can be said to be even bigger than your garden variety saint (we have his statue in our garden too). Also, as a mother who literally invented keening for a lost loved one, she is in a very special category indeed.
    Learn more (and it’s really fascinating) at

  68. April 2, 2015 - 1:20 pm | Permalink

    I can’t believe that Lent Madness, 2015, is now history. I was rooting for Francis from the start. Can hardly wait for Lent Madness 2016. Happy Easter everyone!

  69. ConnieHJ's Gravatar ConnieHJ
    April 2, 2015 - 1:41 pm | Permalink

    Now all we need is a 50 Days Madness and a Pentecost Madness and an Ordinary Time Madness … And …and …

    Thanks, folks. It has been so swell.

  70. Jennifer, much older than Oliver's Gravatar Jennifer, much older than Oliver
    April 2, 2015 - 1:45 pm | Permalink

    What fun this has been – I’m sad to see it over! But I’m looking forward to the chance for a St. Brigid pint glass (in which one could drink milk or iced tea – I’m sure not everyone’s a craft beer enthusiast such as myself). Thanks to all the amazing writers and wonderful, thoughtful commenters!

  71. Sandy's Gravatar Sandy
    April 2, 2015 - 2:25 pm | Permalink

    Woohoo! A Brigid glass would be great to help comfort the loss. Congratulations St. Francis. Until next year, cheers!

  72. Robert's Gravatar Robert
    April 2, 2015 - 2:33 pm | Permalink

    Wait, does this mean the ballot stuffing incident WASN’T just a cruel April Fool’s prank?!? Then it must have been a, a, uh, let’s see, a conspiracy, yeah, that’s it! Evil Franciscans voted early and often to get our hopes to soar, only to be dashed upon rocks populated by ravenous seals! I mean, what else could it possibly be? Unless those wacky Episcopalians had a hand in it. Gasp! The conspiracy goes deeper than I thought! See you next year! : )

  73. Miss J's Gravatar Miss J
    April 2, 2015 - 2:54 pm | Permalink

    Since I live in a garden-less apartment, my Saint Francis statue is on my desk in my bedroom. Now I’ll have to make him a golden halo. Also I plan to order both a pint glass & a mug and drink iced coffee out of both.

    And I second the recommendation for Emmegahbowh+ to be in next year’s bracket.

  74. Sally Duernberger's Gravatar Sally Duernberger
    April 2, 2015 - 3:03 pm | Permalink

    Thank you again SEC for giving us all an added dimension to our Lenten journey. As always, we are grateful and thankful for your insightful endeavor. Already looking forward to next year. Blessings and good wishes from St. Luke’s, Dallas. And Happy Easter!

  75. Christianne McKee's Gravatar Christianne McKee
    April 2, 2015 - 3:10 pm | Permalink

    Ah, the SEC (blessed are they) excel in wisdom and virtue! What a splendid idea to award a silver halo in such a close contest. And we can get a Francis mug AND a Brigid pint. What joy!

    I voted for Francis through all the rounds to the Golden Halo. First time that has ever happened. Now I must go adorn the St. Francis statue with a Golden Halo. Later I’ll toast Brigid with a good microbrew.

  76. Charles D's Gravatar Charles D
    April 2, 2015 - 3:40 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for a great Lent Madness! All hail SEC

  77. Andres Gunther's Gravatar Andres Gunther
    April 2, 2015 - 3:55 pm | Permalink

    Kudos for awarding a Silver Halo to the runner-up! Please keep this up in future Lent Madness contests! I had a hard choice with my final vote as I respect or two finalists at equal rate.
    Good job all in all. A Happy Easter to you and everybody 🙂

  78. Suzanne's Gravatar Suzanne
    April 2, 2015 - 5:02 pm | Permalink

    I adore this Lenten Madness… all glory be to the Full Crazy!

  79. andrea's Gravatar andrea
    April 2, 2015 - 8:41 pm | Permalink

    Thank you to the SEC, the Celebrity Bloggers, commentators, voters and all the Saints! I have learned so much. This has been a wonderful journey! Have a Happy and Blessed Easter! See you all next year!

  80. Elaine Sweet's Gravatar Elaine Sweet
    April 3, 2015 - 5:43 am | Permalink

    This was my first Lent Madness and will eagerly be awaiting the next Lent Madness. Was pulling for Brigid as my Great Grandmother was from County Cork and I have a fondness for things Irish. A Brigid pint glass is a must have for me! Maybe two! No coffee mug for me!

  81. Lisa's Gravatar Lisa
    April 3, 2015 - 6:34 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the fun and for the opportunity for reflection. Happy Easter.

  82. Nancy Wylie's Gravatar Nancy Wylie
    April 3, 2015 - 9:42 am | Permalink

    Oh, my goodness! Who would have ever thought I would be sorry to see the end of Lent. You guys do a great job and have made my Lent more meaningful. Thank you, and my absolute favorite Celebrity Blogger, David Sibley. He’s one of my “kids” and I am so proud of him – from his beautifully written collects, to his saving the Crash Day. Have a blessed Easter, all of you.

  83. April 3, 2015 - 1:14 pm | Permalink

    I love the Brigid pint glass! I totally think she should have a column of fire above her head, though, with the halo around it. 😉

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