Category Archives: Championship

Florence Nightingale Wins 2017 Golden Halo!

The Supreme Executive Committee of Lent Madness heartily congratulates Florence Nightingale on winning the 2017 Golden Halo! To celebrate this momentous victory, the SEC has commissioned Lent Madness hymn writer extraordinaire, Sister Diana Doncaster, to pen a hymn for the occasion. Enjoy! Ode to Flo Tune: Hymn to Joy, Hymnal ‘82, 376, Joyful, Joyful we […]

For the Golden Halo: Franz Jägerstätter vs. Florence Nightingale

It’s hard to believe our Lent Madness journey is nearing its inevitable end. We kicked things off over five weeks ago on “Ash Thursday” with 32 saintly souls. With your help, the field has now been whittled down to just two: Franz Jägerstätter and Florence Nightingale. Who will be awarded the coveted 2017 Golden Halo? That, […]

Dietrich Bonhoeffer wins 2016 Golden Halo!

Congratulations to 2016 Golden Halo Winner Dietrich Bonhoeffer! The Supreme Executive Committee of Lent Madness has unearthed a heretofore undiscovered Bonhoeffer text on the viscitudes of cheap and costly grace in the context of Lent Madness. We share it with you, without comment, as we believe the text speaks for itself. Cheap grace is the deadly […]

For the Golden Halo: Julian of Norwich vs. Dietrich Bonhoeffer

We embarked upon this Lent Madness journey over five weeks ago on “Ash Thursday.” With your help we have narrowed the field of 32 saints down to just two: Julian of Norwich and Dietrich Bonhoeffer (who edged Sojourner Truth yesterday 52% to 48%). Who will win the coveted Golden Halo of Lent Madness 2016? Only […]

For the Golden Halo: Francis of Assisi vs. Brigid of Kildare

We embarked upon this Lent Madness journey over five weeks ago on “Ash Thursday.” With your help we have whittled the field of 32 saints down to two: Francis of Assisi and Brigid of Kildare. Who will win the coveted Golden Halo of Lent Madness 2015? Only 24 hours and your voting participation will reveal […]

Congratulations to 2014 Golden Halo Winner — 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! […]

For the Golden Halo: Harriet Bedell vs. Charles Wesley

We embarked upon this Lent Madness journey over five weeks ago on “Ash Thursday.” With your help we have whittled the field of 32 saints down to two: Harriet Bedell and Charles Wesley. Who will walk away with the coveted Golden Halo of Lent Madness 2014? Only 24 hours and your voting participation will reveal […]

For the Golden Halo: Frances Perkins vs. Luke the Evangelist

Well, friends, we began this Lent Madness journey over five weeks ago on “Ash Thursday.” We started with 32 saints and have now whittled the field down to two: Frances Perkins and Luke the Evangelist. While there’s been lots of talk about modern saints vs. “bedrock” saints and the “fairness” of it all, in the […]

Mary Magdalene Wins 2012 Golden Halo!

Congratulations to 2012 Golden Halo Winner — Mary Magdalene! The Holy Gospel of Lent Madness, according to the Supreme Executive Committee. Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. But Mary stood weeping […]

For the Golden Halo: Mary Magdalene vs. Emma of Hawaii

We began this Lent Madness journey over five weeks ago on “Ash Thursday.” We started with 32 saints and have now whittled the field down to two: Mary Magdalene and Emma of Hawaii (who staged a wild comeback against Dietrich Bonhoeffer yesterday). Along the way we’ve met some truly remarkable holy women and men. Perhaps […]