It's the moment you've all been waiting for: the unveiling of the 2015 Lent Madness bracket. Stay tuned for the SEC's color commentary on the bracket, highlighting some of the epic contests that will take place over the course of Lent Madness 2015. Right now you should read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest the bracket. Then brag to all your friends about how you've memorized all the match-ups and can't wait for Lent to begin.
Click the image to see a larger version. Or you can download a PDF for printing your very own copy.
Once you have the bracket in your hot little hand, don't stop by simply posting it on your refrigerator. The Supreme Executive Committee offers a few suggestions for helping spread the Lent Madness word.
1. Post a copy of the bracket on the front door of your church. In fact, why stop at your church? Channel your inner Martin Luther and nail the bracket to the doors of every church in your neighborhood.
2. Get the bracket tattooed to your back. You'll be a big hit when you go swimming at the Y.
3. Mail them out with all your Christmas cards this year. "Lent Madness: It's the Reason for the Season."
4. Go to the mall and put them under the windshields of every car in the parking lot. For Jesus.
5. Get front row seats at televised sporting events and hold up the bracket. Consider it the new John 3:16 sign. Rainbow wig optional.
6. Staple a copy of the bracket to your dog's collar and let her roam around the neighborhood sans leash.
Feel free to share other ideas (with photo documentation) of course. They may just end up on the Lent Madness Facebook page.
Don't forget to order your very own 2015 Lent Madness Bracket Poster! They're just $10 each, or pay only nine bucks if you order two or more. Get one for home, one for the car, one for work, and one for everyone on your street. Your parish priest will be delighted when she or he sees you've added a bit of Lent Madness spirit by attaching a bracket to the altar frontal or pulpit. Pre-order now, and be among the first to enjoy the poster!
And you'll be thrilled to know we'll soon be offering this year's edition of the Saintly Scorecard -- the definitive guide to all things Lent Madness 2015. Visit this website every hour until you see it!
seriously? well- i have heard of maybe 4 of these "saints". it will be fun to find out what ...oh-gregory the illuminator did. and that navigator fellow. who would look best on a mug will maybe be my reason to vote for someone. and you say these "bracketeers" are "saints? in what book? you guys dug deep this time!! Bravo!
Two weeks ago, a 10 year old girl in my formation class asked me, "When is Lent starting? I want to play Lent Madness again." This was followed by her response, "Eerrgh! I have to wait until February?!?!" I am delighted to be able to give her this time to do saint research on Sundays!
Also delighted to have an official annual bracket day. It happens to correspond to my eldest child's birthday, so I'm sure to remember it.
Oooh the challenge of choices. I will really have to research to learn about some of these obscure saints. Which Barbara? Which Elizabeth ?
I've been waiting all year... ok, not quite all year, but a long time... for this! I think it's one of the best ways to get people involved in learning about the saints and to be quite honest, it's an extremely easy discipline for Lent! Thanks for all your work on this!
Is this a little like Christmas creep where holiday marketing starts a earlier and earlier each year? (I saw x-mas wrapping displays the day before Halloween this year:()
Now we are gearing up for Lent before Advent?
As it appears that you boys have a little time on your hands, why don't you ramp up an Advent game? maybe a baseball theme? same bracketology
I am going "ga ga" today with the revealing of the 2015 LM bracket! Woo hoo! Speaking of ga ga, as we know the singer, Lady Ga Ga, is quite innovative with what she wears, why not consider making an outfit with the 2015 LM bracket and wearing it proudly!
Glad to see Molly Brant on the bracket! And I'll be ready to defend her when she's attacked for being a Loyalist (you know that's gonna happen).
I'll be right with you, Harlie!
Egeria and Hildarde in the same first round bracket? Have you lost your mind! Oh, this is going to be one for the record books, no doubt about it.
Well. Clearly I have much to learn this Lent. Let the games begin!
I can't believe you pitted Cuthbert against Bede in the first round.
That was exactly my reaction. What were you guys THINKING?
Oh Joy! Oh Bliss! What rapture is this! My happiness knows no bounds for the best is not yet to come.....It's here!!!!! The official bracket for one and all to peruse and I'm happy, happy, happy!!!!! In fact, I'm too giddy for my own good and I need my COFFEE.....NOW! Thank you Padres!
Frederick Douglas cake walk. I think Brazil had a harder time making it to the round of 16 then old FD to the halo in this one.
Thank you. Looking forward to Lent.
Is it the same Cecilia I would pray to with the nuns prior to my weekly piano lesson? I wait with baited breath...
I am so glad you allowed plenty of time for all the research I am going to have to do. I don't even know whether the illuminator is literal or metaphorical. So many saints, so little time!!!!! (I am a teacher, and you have seriously cut into my lesson planning.)
David Oakerhater falls on my birthday so I already have a favorite. Well, that and his saintliness.
Woohoo! Brendan made it...! On behalf of all sailors everywhere, thank you. Semper Paratus.
From snowy St John the Baptist's in Thomaston, Maine
Could we have the line up transferred onto a mug?
Is somebody being paid money to put out this kind of stuff?
Glad to see the brackets out early because it will take a lot of research!!! This is my second year to play. Last year I didn't do enough research and study...I intend to do better this year. This is a great project-thank you!!!!
St. Barbara, the Patron Saint of Artillery, will have many redlegs supporting from around the world!
I am so excited to have the brackets. I see many familiar names and many unfamiliar ones. Now I know what my Advent reading will be. This is a lot more fun than learning about the candidates for governor.
Hey, Bede is the Venerable!!!!
Go Cecelia! My namesake. She's gonna own all yallz!