A Solemn Proclamation from the Supreme Executive Committee

A Solemn Proclamation from the Supreme Executive Committee of Lent Madness

Be it known to all unto whom these present letters may come, that the Episcopal Church is preparing to gather in its General Convention, said Convention to be held in the city and diocese of Indianapolis in the Hoosier state; and

Whereas, It would be madness if no one lent the Convention a bit of holy humor and saintly piety; and

Whereas, The Supreme Executive Committee has taken unto itself to improve and saintify the General Convention; now therefore be it

Resolved, That Friday, July 6, 2012 is hereby declared as Lent Madness Day; and be it further

Resolved, That Mary Magdalene, or a life-size cardboard image thereof, shall be present for those who wish to have their photographs taken or portraits painted with the winner of the Golden Halo in Lent Madness 2012; and be it further

Resolved, That the bracket for Lent Madness 2013 shall be revealed to all persons throughout the world on Lent Madness Day; and be it further

Resolved, That the first play-in match shall be held on this day, allowing General Convention guests, bishops, and deputies the opportunity to cast the most important vote of the entire Convention; and be it further

Resolved, That the entire Supreme Executive Committee shall be present at the Forward Movement booth of the exhibit hall to offer autographs of the aforementioned Supreme Executive Committee.

Given under our hand, seal, and smirk on this day, the twenty-second day of June in the two thousand and twelfth year of our Lord’s grace, being the Feast of St. Alban, who has never done well in Lent Madness.

55 Comments to "A Solemn Proclamation from the Supreme Executive Committee"

  1. June 22, 2012 - 9:10 am | Permalink

    Fabulous and almost *almost* worth taking a trip to Indiananoplace to get my pic taken with MM. Smirk on, smirk on!

    • Laurie Atwater's Gravatar Laurie Atwater
      June 22, 2012 - 9:42 am | Permalink


  2. gayle's Gravatar gayle
    June 22, 2012 - 9:11 am | Permalink

    Please, please stay throughout the week. I won’t be there until Monday!

  3. Marguerite's Gravatar Marguerite
    June 22, 2012 - 9:20 am | Permalink

    OMG! The 2013 bracket is out on 6th July?! All those extra months to agonize over it. How CAN I ever thank you?

    Have fun. Wish I could be there. xx

  4. If Not Philander's Gravatar If Not Philander
    June 22, 2012 - 9:20 am | Permalink

    Yes, please stay! We don’t sing until Sunday!

  5. Edna's Gravatar Edna
    June 22, 2012 - 9:22 am | Permalink

    I’m with Meredith, road trip to Indianopolis for the photo op. Would MM consider going on tour? I could use her at Kanuga during guest period 4 – july 21-28.
    Thank you Supreme Executive Committee for keeping me smiling, and looking up St. Alban, in the post-lent season.

  6. June 22, 2012 - 9:22 am | Permalink

    This is hysterical!

  7. June 22, 2012 - 9:26 am | Permalink

    Thank you, oh high and lofty ones, for having an official 2013 Lenten Madness day @ General Convention. I wish I could be there on July 6 to see the life size cutout of Mary Magdalene & her Golden Halo and take a picture of myself with her.

  8. June 22, 2012 - 9:29 am | Permalink

    Oh thank you, high and lofty officials, for having a Lenten Madness day @ General Convention! I sorrow greatly @ not being able to be there where I can peruse your booth & have my picture taken with life-size cutout of Mary & her Golden Halo.

  9. June 22, 2012 - 9:30 am | Permalink

    I apologize greatly for posting 3 comments in a row. I mistakenly thought my first comment did not post.

  10. Sue's Gravatar Sue
    June 22, 2012 - 9:31 am | Permalink

    God Bless you and your sense of humor! I loved Lent Madness and this e-mail just brightened my day. Thank you for it all the past, the present and the future promise of so much more fun and learning. Sue

  11. Livy's Gravatar Livy
    June 22, 2012 - 9:34 am | Permalink

    At last! At sense of fun and play in the drear business of Church business! I knew Mary Magdene would represent us well! Thank the SEC for your diligence in smiles and smirks… !

  12. Peg's Gravatar Peg
    June 22, 2012 - 9:35 am | Permalink

    Here come the Saints
    July-ing in.
    They’ll madly be July-ing in.
    ‘Mid photo ops, Supremes, plus the brackets,
    Mary Mags can flaunt her win.

  13. June 22, 2012 - 9:37 am | Permalink

    SECM Scott: Why is Lent Madness like a writing desk?
    Alice (at GC): Riddles? Now let me see…Why is Lent Madness like a writing desk?
    SECM Scott: I beg your pardon?
    Alice: Why is Lent Madness like a writing desk?
    SECM Scott: [alarmed] Why is what?
    SECM Tim: Careful, she’s stark ravin’ mad!
    Alice: But it’s your silly riddle. You just said…
    SECM Scott: Easy, don’t get excited!
    SECM Tim: How about a nice cup of tea?
    Alice: “Have a cup of tea,” indeed. Well, I’m sorry I just haven’t the time!

  14. Laurie Atwater's Gravatar Laurie Atwater
    June 22, 2012 - 9:39 am | Permalink

    W00t! (Were I clergy it would be “W00+”) I am telling our delegates! I expect a photo of Mother Mary Perrin with The Magdalen. Best souvenir ever!

  15. Heidi Shott's Gravatar Heidi Shott
    June 22, 2012 - 9:46 am | Permalink

    Queen Emma is NOT pleased – having made it all the way to the Golden Halo round – to be excluded from the festivities. Off with their heads.

    • Jennifer's Gravatar Jennifer
      June 22, 2012 - 11:15 am | Permalink

      Queen Emma would so not be like that! And she is never excluded when I speak of LM 2012 – her battle to ascend to the LM royal court is the stuff of legend, and that I even know anything of her story to re-tell now is exactly what makes Lent Madness so great. God save that gracious queen, too!

    • Madeleine Borthwick's Gravatar Madeleine Borthwick
      June 23, 2012 - 2:56 pm | Permalink

      Heidi, my goodness. I understand you are disappointed about the election(I’m STILL bummed out about Thomas Cranmer)but let’s move on.

  16. SMG's Gravatar SMG
    June 22, 2012 - 9:46 am | Permalink

    Booth number please!

  17. Gary Goldacker's Gravatar Gary Goldacker
    June 22, 2012 - 10:01 am | Permalink

    I will definitely be there! MM and a flash drive; who else could even begin to compete??!

  18. June 22, 2012 - 10:11 am | Permalink

    I sense a call to have cardboard Mary travel throughout the country like the Stanley Cup — with people bringing her to churches, cocktail parties, little league games, visit sick people in hospitals, etc. Photo ops abound!

    • Tarheel's Gravatar Tarheel
      June 22, 2012 - 11:51 am | Permalink

      Where else to release a bracket but in the Hoosier State! Make sure MM knowsall about running the picket fence. Think I will watch the movie “Hoosiers” , after I read up on St. Albans.

    • Laurie Atwater's Gravatar Laurie Atwater
      June 22, 2012 - 12:42 pm | Permalink

      …preaching on Trinity Sunday…

    • Kim Schaff's Gravatar Kim Schaff
      June 22, 2012 - 1:18 pm | Permalink

      A traveling version of the winner of Lent Madness is a brilliant idea!

      • Susan Johnson's Gravatar Susan Johnson
        June 23, 2012 - 4:00 pm | Permalink

        I applaud and support the idea that the winners of Lent Madness go on tour. Many of us who can’t go to convention would then have our chance for a photo op.

        • Laurie Atwater's Gravatar Laurie Atwater
          June 23, 2012 - 6:06 pm | Permalink

          And a “flat” MM could go FedEx, so any parish could participate.

    • June 24, 2012 - 3:12 pm | Permalink


  19. Lucy Hogan's Gravatar Lucy Hogan
    June 22, 2012 - 10:12 am | Permalink

    My heart fainteth. I will not be in Indianapolis to meet my star. She was my pick. I hope I do as well in next year’s bracket. Lent Madness is just what we need today.

  20. Another Evelyn's Gravatar Another Evelyn
    June 22, 2012 - 10:13 am | Permalink

    Yes! Yes! Yes! HOWEVER, in the Supreme Executive Committee’s excitement and exuberance on this momentous occasion, the 4th “Resolved,” mentions “guests, bishops and deputies” with no mention of “delegates.” May I respectfully remind the SEC that Episcopal Church Women comprise half the church and thus half your potential voters and that they will be represented by delegates to the 47th Triennial Meeting. We will have far fewer things to vote on than the bishops and deputies, and we would be delighted to vote for our favorite saints.

    • Madeleine Borthwick's Gravatar Madeleine Borthwick
      June 23, 2012 - 2:57 pm | Permalink


  21. sari's Gravatar sari
    June 22, 2012 - 10:14 am | Permalink

    Oh,how I wish I could be there for the photo op and see the members of the Grand Excutive commity. Sounds like a rip roaring time with all the gang. Hope the brackets are posted on line, I want mine.

  22. Tom Van Brunt's Gravatar Tom Van Brunt
    June 22, 2012 - 10:22 am | Permalink

    It is time for St. Alban to prosper.

  23. Judy Stark's Gravatar Judy Stark
    June 22, 2012 - 10:59 am | Permalink

    We love the idea of the flat Mary Magdalene. Can I have her for my diocesan convention in October?

  24. Sherri Dietrich's Gravatar Sherri Dietrich
    June 22, 2012 - 11:03 am | Permalink

    Heartily though I desired for the acclamation of Thomas Cranmer, wouldst be niggardly to besmirch the Magdalen’s worth by eschewing to have my likeness made with her at said Convention. ‘Twill be so.

    • Madeleine Borthwick's Gravatar Madeleine Borthwick
      June 23, 2012 - 3:02 pm | Permalink

      Hi Sherri, Madeleine here. I too aspired to see T. Cranmer Golden Haloed but ’tis what it ’tis. however, if it couldn’t be Thomas, I can’t countenance anyone more worthy than mary Magdalene.

  25. Barbara's Gravatar Barbara
    June 22, 2012 - 11:13 am | Permalink

    This is the best Resolution ever. All in favor? Oh, aye.

    I beg you: please post a photo of the SEC with the MM CC….

  26. Jennifer's Gravatar Jennifer
    June 22, 2012 - 11:16 am | Permalink

    Shine on, you crazy diamonds!

  27. Tracy's Gravatar Tracy
    June 22, 2012 - 11:20 am | Permalink

    Thank you & BRAVO!

  28. Joe Stroud's Gravatar Joe Stroud
    June 22, 2012 - 11:25 am | Permalink

    The Supreme Execs met at Convention;
    To bring levity was their intention.
    Mary Mags in 2-D,
    Next year’s bracket? DEAR ME!
    This waiting’s creating too much tension!

  29. June 22, 2012 - 11:44 am | Permalink

    Wish I could be there for all the “Madness” fun!

  30. June 22, 2012 - 12:25 pm | Permalink

    I love you guys!

  31. Dolores. Zeese's Gravatar Dolores. Zeese
    June 22, 2012 - 12:52 pm | Permalink

    I love this idea, since I can’t be there.

  32. Judi Collins's Gravatar Judi Collins
    June 22, 2012 - 1:53 pm | Permalink

    Almost wish I could be there. Can’t wait to see the “contestants” for the next Madness.

  33. aleathia nicholson's Gravatar aleathia nicholson
    June 22, 2012 - 2:52 pm | Permalink

    Not that it will happen, but I am asking (nice way of telling) the Cathedral Dean to have his and the Bishop’s and the entire Tennessee delegation’s photos taken with Paper Mary Mags and to do so with a big sign(preferably nicely printed) stating it’s by the Deacon’s (c’est moi) instructions since they would never have known about LENT MADNESS had it not been for moi. Uh! Oh! Low sugar! Time for lunch.

  34. Ann Ely's Gravatar Ann Ely
    June 22, 2012 - 3:32 pm | Permalink

    So glad you will be there! I am there the entire time, working as a Legislative aid. I will definitely look for your booth!

  35. Carol Buckalew's Gravatar Carol Buckalew
    June 22, 2012 - 4:17 pm | Permalink

    I have never been to Convention but I am sure a bit of Madness will be just the thing that’s needed. Please post pictures of flat Mary Mag. Perhaps she can be like Flat Stanley and travel to churches all over the world and have photos posted of her travels.

    • Madeleine Borthwick's Gravatar Madeleine Borthwick
      June 23, 2012 - 2:52 pm | Permalink

      Carol, that’s Wonderful Idea! I would welcome flat Mary Mag at the church i worship at.

  36. Brianne Willard's Gravatar Brianne Willard
    June 22, 2012 - 5:56 pm | Permalink

    This is so exciting. Thanks for keeping those thrills coming.

  37. June 22, 2012 - 7:46 pm | Permalink


  38. Peggy's Gravatar Peggy
    June 22, 2012 - 7:56 pm | Permalink


  39. June 22, 2012 - 9:48 pm | Permalink

    We await her coming to the Hoosiers with grate anticipation!

  40. Jeanene's Gravatar Jeanene
    June 22, 2012 - 10:34 pm | Permalink

    Thank-you for choosing July 6th to Begin The beginning….
    July 6th is my Birthday and I will be celebrating with you in Spirit! Knowing your beginning the begin of Lent Madness 2013 on my birthday makes it all the more interesting!

  41. June 23, 2012 - 12:31 am | Permalink

    I’m so blown away! I have yet to attend and it won’t happen this year, and this really makes me sad that I can’t make it. May this only be the start of a long history of the golden halo winner making an appearance at GC!

  42. Madeleine Borthwick's Gravatar Madeleine Borthwick
    June 23, 2012 - 2:50 pm | Permalink

    Amen, AND Amen! as my dad used to say, a sense of humor is an invaluable tool in coping with this insane world!!
    “St. Curly”

  43. June 25, 2012 - 10:11 am | Permalink

    Help, please! I have tired numerous times to be included in the Lent Madness mailings with my new email address. . . but am getting nothing! Nor am I getting Fr. Tim’s blog posts. Please, please these things are crucial to preserving what little sanity I have left!

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