A Solemn Proclamation from the SEC

A Solemn Proclamation from the Supreme Executive Committee of Lent Madness

Lent CrierBe 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 Salt Lake City and in the Diocese of Utah in the Beehive 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 Thursday, June 25, 2015 is hereby declared as Lent Madness Day; and be it further

Resolved, That Francis of Assisi, 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 2015; and be it further

Resolved, That a play-in match for Lent Madness 2016 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 eighteenth day of June in the two thousand and fifteenth year of our Lord’s grace and in the fourth year of our reign over the Saintly Smackdown.

54 Comments to "A Solemn Proclamation from the SEC"

  1. Kelly's Gravatar Kelly
    June 18, 2015 - 8:09 am | Permalink

    What fun! I love the creativity and fun behind this!

  2. June 18, 2015 - 8:11 am | Permalink

    God Bless you and may your wonderful humour and laughter continue to bring frivolity and joy to the entire global Anglican Community.

  3. Susan Maurine's Gravatar Susan Maurine
    June 18, 2015 - 8:14 am | Permalink

    Heehee! Go for it!

  4. June 18, 2015 - 8:22 am | Permalink

    Yes – let’s not take ourselves too seriously!

  5. Mary Lysbeth Andrews's Gravatar Mary Lysbeth Andrews
    June 18, 2015 - 8:30 am | Permalink

    THANK Goodness !

  6. Cathy Bagot's Gravatar Cathy Bagot
    June 18, 2015 - 8:31 am | Permalink

    Sorry I’m going to miss that!

  7. Gloria Hasler's Gravatar Gloria Hasler
    June 18, 2015 - 8:37 am | Permalink

    Had I known that St. Francis’ cardboard avatar and you were going to be at convention, I would have robed a bank to get the money that would have allowed me to go. I was new to Lent Madness this year, but never again will I go through Lent without the Madness.

  8. Jim Rutledge's Gravatar Jim Rutledge
    June 18, 2015 - 8:38 am | Permalink

    What a fun way to begin the day. I’m a Lector on Sunday – do you suppose I would get in trouble if I read the proclamation along with 1 Samuel?

    • June 18, 2015 - 2:58 pm | Permalink

      There’s one way to find out. Would you dress for the proclamation? My husband thinks all future proclamations should be accompanied by the photo.

    • lindaNOLA's Gravatar lindaNOLA
      June 18, 2015 - 10:10 pm | Permalink

      nah- go for it!!!

  9. Marilyn Weir's Gravatar Marilyn Weir
    June 18, 2015 - 8:39 am | Permalink


  10. Sue Burpo's Gravatar Sue Burpo
    June 18, 2015 - 8:43 am | Permalink

    Makes me joyful to think that lent madness will be represented @ convention

  11. Suzanne Hurst's Gravatar Suzanne Hurst
    June 18, 2015 - 8:47 am | Permalink

    Love you and your sense of humor. No Brigid of Kildare cardboard figure to get your picture taken with?

  12. Vicki Hughes's Gravatar Vicki Hughes
    June 18, 2015 - 8:52 am | Permalink

    And you are enjoined, by at least one of your dedicated supporters, to start the saintly ball rolling for the blessed Fred Rodgers and the blessed Pete Seeger to get on the saintly calendar. (we know that the 50 year ‘rule’ has been thrown out the window a few times) Doesn’t the ghost of brackets yet to come beckon you to instigate?

    • lindaNOLA's Gravatar lindaNOLA
      June 18, 2015 - 10:11 pm | Permalink

      yes to fred

  13. Nancy Diesel Oliver's Gravatar Nancy Diesel Oliver
    June 18, 2015 - 9:07 am | Permalink

    Be it further resolved that the entire executive committee is Crackers!!

  14. Tom and George McFarland's Gravatar Tom and George McFarland
    June 18, 2015 - 9:07 am | Permalink

    Amen and Amen. Imagine my surprise and delight when I found that for a session of the Florida Historical Society Annual Meeting and Symposium this year a paper presented by Judith Wilmot of St. Augustine was on St. David Pendleton Oakerhater and his time in St. Augustine as a prisoner. Wish I could be there in Utah to thank the Supreme Executive Committee in person.

  15. Carol Amadio's Gravatar Carol Amadio
    June 18, 2015 - 9:07 am | Permalink

    Such a relief to know that you and all the saints will be overseeing the doings of said General Convention.

  16. Elizabeth N Anderson's Gravatar Elizabeth N Anderson
    June 18, 2015 - 9:25 am | Permalink

    What a delightful way to start my day, reading this Proclamation. I hope lots of people discover the fun of Lenten Madness from/at your display.

  17. Pat Roush's Gravatar Pat Roush
    June 18, 2015 - 9:30 am | Permalink

    And how appropriate to do this in the city of the Latter Day Saints!!! Be sure to take in their marvelous choir while you are there.

  18. Edna Buday's Gravatar Edna Buday
    June 18, 2015 - 9:44 am | Permalink

    Truly, truly, good news!

  19. Jeffrey H Rickard's Gravatar Jeffrey H Rickard
    June 18, 2015 - 9:54 am | Permalink

    Methinks I hear the full celestial choir now chanting clear, their awful anthem raise: ALLELUIA! (Lent and all it’s wonderful madness notwithstanding.)

  20. Pat Gotautas's Gravatar Pat Gotautas
    June 18, 2015 - 10:09 am | Permalink

    Go guys

  21. Barbara's Gravatar Barbara
    June 18, 2015 - 10:17 am | Permalink

    So who is in the play-in match? I’ll be there, but I’d like to do a little homework first….

  22. Judith's Gravatar Judith
    June 18, 2015 - 10:18 am | Permalink

    Amen! and I hope Iowa is well represented in said photographs.

  23. stan runnels's Gravatar stan runnels
    June 18, 2015 - 10:57 am | Permalink

    Wherefore doth we not has’t a comparable image of St. Brigid, a mistress of rare libational skills and next only to St. Francis in the popular affection of all God’s people, abreast of we may has’t our portrait rendered for all eternity?

  24. aleathia (dolores) nicholson's Gravatar aleathia (dolores) nicholson
    June 18, 2015 - 11:38 am | Permalink

    Missed you folk ! Recovering from quadruple bypass surgery and now in assisted living and NO more driving…LENT MADNESS may well be one of my few last links to sanity. Give my best to Lady Jane P. who’s the Head Honcho as we all know.

    • Harlie Youngblood's Gravatar Harlie Youngblood
      June 18, 2015 - 5:54 pm | Permalink

      You’re in our prayers, Aleathia. Good to hear from you.

    • Ginny Rodriguez's Gravatar Ginny Rodriguez
      June 23, 2015 - 12:51 am | Permalink

      I have missed you, Aleathia! May God bless and heal and strengthen your heart.

  25. Mrs. Jan Curtis's Gravatar Mrs. Jan Curtis
    June 18, 2015 - 11:56 am | Permalink

    A most excellent idea. Prayers for a productive, positive meeting for all concerned.

  26. Karen D Powers's Gravatar Karen D Powers
    June 18, 2015 - 12:08 pm | Permalink

    Where will you be? What booth number?

  27. Ruth Drewry's Gravatar Ruth Drewry
    June 18, 2015 - 12:13 pm | Permalink

    At last! Something to make following the Annual Meeting a real pleasure.

  28. Anne Clayton's Gravatar Anne Clayton
    June 18, 2015 - 12:29 pm | Permalink

    As an Anglican in Northern BC who won’t have the joy of meeting the cardboard standing in persona Francis, all I can say is thanks for brightening my day with your wit!

  29. Lea's Gravatar Lea
    June 18, 2015 - 12:30 pm | Permalink

    Will there be ice cream?

  30. Suzanne's Gravatar Suzanne
    June 18, 2015 - 12:36 pm | Permalink

    Love the insanity of you two…. my kind of people!

  31. kathy's Gravatar kathy
    June 18, 2015 - 12:46 pm | Permalink

    Yes!! I’m so glad you are going.

  32. Toni C.'s Gravatar Toni C.
    June 18, 2015 - 12:56 pm | Permalink

    Bless you! Bless you! You brighten my day.

  33. Carolyn's Gravatar Carolyn
    June 18, 2015 - 1:01 pm | Permalink

    Jackson Kemper would have won if his supporters had been allowed to draft his bio information! Please let us draft it next year! 🙂

  34. Shelley B. Kesselman's Gravatar Shelley B. Kesselman
    June 18, 2015 - 1:34 pm | Permalink

    Amen and Alleluia!! Now I really wish I were going to General Convention! Prayers and good wishes for all who are!

  35. June 18, 2015 - 2:29 pm | Permalink

    Thank goodness. Let the fun begin!!

  36. Celia Jesffrey's Gravatar Celia Jesffrey
    June 18, 2015 - 2:37 pm | Permalink

    Thank You.You brought added joy to my day!

  37. June 18, 2015 - 3:03 pm | Permalink

    I’ve no plans for a summer trip to Utah, and felt no empty spot in my life until now.
    Unfair ,SEC!
    Now I have to constantly tell myself, “You wouldn’t be able to have a photo with St. Brigid anyway.”

  38. Lois Keen's Gravatar Lois Keen
    June 18, 2015 - 3:06 pm | Permalink

    Oh I wish I could be there! Just for that one day.

  39. June 18, 2015 - 3:38 pm | Permalink

    I absolutely love the idea! 🙂

  40. anita's Gravatar anita
    June 18, 2015 - 4:20 pm | Permalink

    “Oh when the saints go marching in …” then the fun truly begins!

  41. Yvonne Crane's Gravatar Yvonne Crane
    June 18, 2015 - 4:45 pm | Permalink

    Jeffery Rickatd, It’s so nice to read your comments. I agree. Alleluia it is from our choirs as well as the celestial one.

  42. Bella Englebach's Gravatar Bella Englebach
    June 18, 2015 - 6:53 pm | Permalink

    verily, there shall be many garbed in purple who may vote in the holy play-in.

  43. Georgia White's Gravatar Georgia White
    June 19, 2015 - 12:02 am | Permalink

    Great idea! Glad Lentmadness is going to be there. Wish I could be there and have my picture taken!!’

  44. Katharine Kovacs's Gravatar Katharine Kovacs
    June 19, 2015 - 9:47 am | Permalink

    Awesome! I love your reverent humor!! Many thanks.

  45. Dorrie Johnson's Gravatar Dorrie Johnson
    June 20, 2015 - 5:00 pm | Permalink

    Can it be proclaimed that all congregations in
    the United States participate in the voting next year?

  46. andrea's Gravatar andrea
    June 20, 2015 - 11:09 pm | Permalink

    Yea! Bring on the fun of Lent Madness!

  47. June 22, 2015 - 3:40 pm | Permalink

    Go for it, guys! I wish I could be there. I’d love to have a picture of myself with St. Francis!

  48. James Oppenheimer's Gravatar James Oppenheimer
    June 25, 2015 - 10:14 am | Permalink

    Salt Lake City? What were they thinking?
    This time of year? What WERE they thinking?

  49. Christi Hill's Gravatar Christi Hill
    June 26, 2015 - 1:00 am | Permalink

    Love your musings…

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