Lentorium: The Lent Emporium
Looking for that perfect Lent gift? Here you can find Lent Madness goodies. Sure, the selection is small (but high quality!) now, but it will grow over the next few days. We’re still on the fence about whether to offer Lent Madness dog collars, emery boards, car magnets, and foam fingers. Keep your eyes peeled and your wallets open and know that whatever money is raised will go to defray the costs of keeping Lent Madness up and running.
Commemorate 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!
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!
Do you love coffee as much as Scott and Tim? Probably not, but if you love it even a little, you are going to want your own Lent Madness mug. You can buy a mug with the Lent Madness 2013 winner, Frances Perkins for just $11. The mugs are made in the USA with union labor (because we didn’t want the ghost of Frances Perkins to haunt us).
If you want a blast from the past, shop at our Cafe Press store for Lent Madness 2012 mugs. Sure, it seems like we’re still selling junk from three years ago, but in only 47 more years, you’ll be able to say you own a mug that’s 50 years old. Or something.
Pass the time while you wait for Lent Madness 2015 by playing card games with your friends. Or perhaps you’d like to try solitaire with real cards instead of that stupid computer game. Or make a few bucks on card tricks. Whatever you use them for, you’ll love these high-quality shiny playing cards, featuring 52 cards spread over four suits with two jokers. Think of the jokers as Scott and Tim. Anyway, you can snag these babies from our Cafe Press store for just $21.50. Buy them now at a bargain price of just 39.8 cents per playing card.
When you’re done loading up on Lent Madness items, you’ll need something to carry them around in. Nothing is better for this task than the Lent Madness 2014 Charles Wesley tote bag. We think these would be perfect for all your acolytes and clergy to use during worship. No more fumbling with a pile of books and bulletins. The tote bag is made of 100% actual canvas, and it features Charles Wesley on one side and the Lent Madness logo on the other. Buy one now for only $14.99.
Need something to class up your refrigerator? Maybe you have a few old cassette tapes or ancient computer disks to erase? Sounds like you need the Lent Madness 2014 magnet, featuring Charles Wesley. Talk about a magnetic personality! This is a genuine magnet, guaranteed to stick to iron and other ferrous material, subject to the laws of physics. Buy yours today for the bargain price of $3.49. At that price, you can afford to get one for everyone in your church.
Eager to raise a glass to celebrate Charles Wesley’s Golden Halo victory in Lent Madness 2014? Then you’re going to want this set of four coasters, which conveniently fit together in a jigsaw puzzle. The coasters feature Charles Wesley himself, along with the opening lines of two of his many hit hymns. The coaster’s bottom side is cork, and the top side is shiny stuff. We’re coming up in wedding season, and these make excellent gifts for new couples, to liven up their boring dinnerware sets. By the way, make sure that glass you raised is filled with grape juice, or the Methodists will get you. Oh, wait, Wesley stayed Anglican. You can put whatever you want in the glass. Get your set of four coasters for the bargain price of only $14.99.
What time is it? It’s Lent Madness time! Or so this clock says. It includes hour, minute, and second hands, all running over a Lent Madness Golden Halo and logo. You’ll love this clock, and it will be the tock of the town. Tick it off your wish list, and buy one today. Also: the battery is included! Yes, the SEC loves you that much. This clock works in all timezones, and can function in standard or daylight saving time. So get your clock this second for only $14.99.
Saintly Scorecard, our guide to Lent Madness 2014, features the biographies of the thirty-two saints in contention for the golden halo. It includes tips on how congregations and individuals can use Lent Madness as a devotional tool, as well as a handy glossary and full color fold-out bracket. Each copy is hand signed* by both members of the Supreme Executive Committee. The print book is SOLD OUT for this year, but the ebook is still available at a bargain price. Buy, buy, buy for your Kindle, Nook, or iThing.
* Some copies may feature printed signatures instead of hand-signed names. Or maybe every copy has a printed sig. Whatever. Buy it.
Want a giant bracket? You have only two choices: either get a magnifying glass and get really close to a standard-sized bracket that you printed yourself, or go over to the Forward Movement website and buy a poster-sized bracket right now! It’s full color, 36″ x 24″ printed on vellum. OK, that last part is laughably wrong, but it’s still nice. Buy a bracket for your parish hall bulletin board, another for your car, one for home, and then get a few dozen for your classmates or co-workers. If you’re on the altar guild, go ahead and get one for your Lenten altar frontal. Everyone’s tired of the same-old stuff from last year.
The bracket features all thirty-two saints with plenty of room to write in the winners. Did we mention it’s in full color? Get one for only TEN BUCKS or buy two or more and then they’re only NINE BUCKS. By the way, they ship folded, so there’s no pesky poster tube to deal with. Get yours today!
CELEBRITY BLOGGER AND SUPREME EXECUTIVE BOOKS
Head over to the Resources tab to see the books our Celebrity Bloggers and Supreme Executive Committee folks have written. You really can’t claim to be a true Lent Madness fan until you own Tim’s book, Dog in the Manger, available in print, Kindle, Nook, or iTunes.
THE OFFICIAL BOOK OF SAINTS
“Stars in a Dark World illuminates for us those individuals who knew in their hearts the great love of God, who knew how far they were from perfection. They lived courageously, taking steps without knowing what would be accomplished, addressing the complexities of their world with singleness of purpose and understanding, and confronting the struggles of daily life because they were no more and no less. This compelling familiarity and intimacy invites us into the mystery of the gracious God who called the saints to maturity in Christ.” — from the forward by Bishop Richard F. Grein
Stars in a Dark World, by Fr. John-Julian, OJN, is the most comprehensive and detailed collection of the biographies of the saints and background information about the holy days of the Episcopal liturgy available today. This 700-page book is the result of over seven years of research and study, and covers all liturgical commemorations approved for use through 2006.