Happy Lent Madness Eve!

Keep Lent VoteNow that the sun has set on the Supreme Executive Committee, Ash Wednesday is morphing into Lent Madness Eve. We had our serious moment of Ash Wednesday piety, and we’re ready to sound the fanfare on tomorrow’s opening match-up, unofficially known as the Matronly Meltdown®. Helena and Monnica step into the Lent Dome and begin the 2016 Lent Madness season at precisely 8:00 am Eastern Standard Time. Read about both saints and then vote (once!).

Maybe you’re new to Lent Madness, and if so, welcome! Whether you’re here for the first time or looking for a refresher on how it all works, we encourage you to have a look at Lent Madness Voting 101, which includes the timeless classic video on voting by the mysterious Maple Anglican.

We urge you to take full part in the Madness. Leave comments here on the website. Read what others have to say. Enjoy the (mostly) friendly rivalry and trash talk on social media. During the day, check in on the website often to see how each day’s contest is going. And above all, delight in seeing how each saint was a powerful witness of Jesus Christ.

Now, we know that all over the world, people are marking Lent Madness Eve. Following Lent Madness tradition, some reports say thousands have gathered in Times Square to watch the Halo drop. As usual, others are popping non-alcoholic beverages and refraining from consuming chocolate.

We thought we’d offer a few suggestions for making your Lent Madness Eve both meaningful and safe. Here is a top ten list of activities to engage in as you keep vigil until 8:00 am EST.

1. Get some make-up and “enhance” the ashes on your forehead. Maybe turn your face into a billboard for your favorite saint?

2. Find some decayed shrub (it’s Lent, after all) and hang it from the ceiling. Treat it like mistletoe and give anyone who walks nearby the kiss of peace.

3. Paint all four tires on your car bright yellow. Drive around in a Golden Halo-mobile.

4. Pretend that you’re a New Orleans Saints fan and that they won the Super Bowl.

purple dog5. Spray paint your dog purple.

6. Go to one of the custom greeting card websites and send everyone you know a Happy Lent Madness Eve card.

7. Black-eyed peas are for New Year’s Eve. Eggplant is for Lent Madness Eve. Eat lots of it.

8. Bribe your altar guild to put a poster-sized bracket on the front of the altar in your church. And, while you’re there, get rid of the vestments except the purple ones. Make Lent a year-round occasion.

9. Start a fan club for your favorite Celebrity Blogger.

10. Instead of the pop music countdown from New Year’s Eve, play your favorite hymns on the stereo. Loud enough for the whole neighborhood to enjoy. They’ll thank you.

Make sure you get a good night’s rest. You’ll want to be casting your vote tomorrow morning at 8 a.m. EST sharp! And get ready to encourage your co-workers and neighbors to vote also. This year is going to be another great season of Lent Madness.

22 Comments to "Happy Lent Madness Eve!"

  1. Chaplain Brent Hoy-Bianchi's Gravatar Chaplain Brent Hoy-Bianchi
    February 10, 2016 - 7:37 pm | Permalink

    Do you have a calendar like last year?

    • Mary Beth Wright's Gravatar Mary Beth Wright
      February 10, 2016 - 7:57 pm | Permalink

      I’m getting excited for Lent Madness to begin!
      This is my first time.i

      • Stephan Gerhardt's Gravatar Stephan Gerhardt
        February 10, 2016 - 9:31 pm | Permalink

        Me too! first time! Can’t wait for the matronly melt down!

      • Susan Lee Hauser's Gravatar Susan Lee Hauser
        February 10, 2016 - 9:34 pm | Permalink

        Welcome, have fun! You’re going to love it!

  2. Annette's Gravatar Annette
    February 10, 2016 - 7:45 pm | Permalink

    Do you mean a Lent bracket? This is my first time doing this. Our minister says its a ball and I’m looking forward to learning about all the saints.

  3. Jimmy & Carol's Gravatar Jimmy & Carol
    February 10, 2016 - 7:46 pm | Permalink

    When two people share the same email address, how does each of them vote separately? My spouse and I have only one email.

  4. February 10, 2016 - 8:30 pm | Permalink

    Ah it’s been Thursday here for 12 hours already! Let the fun begin! Australia.

  5. aleathia (dolores) nicholson's Gravatar aleathia (dolores) nicholson
    February 10, 2016 - 8:30 pm | Permalink

    Ready, ready. ready to…rock ‘n roll!!!

  6. Suzanne Mann's Gravatar Suzanne Mann
    February 10, 2016 - 8:31 pm | Permalink

    Can’t wait to begin Lent Madness 2016! Hope Saint Genesius, Patron Saint of Actors,
    makes the cut for 2017!

  7. Jennifer Franz's Gravatar Jennifer Franz
    February 10, 2016 - 8:46 pm | Permalink

    Do you realize that you are asking those of us on the West Coast to vote at 5:00 a.m.??
    Does the SEC have no sense of civility whatsoever? (Don’t answer that question!) We will vote – once! – when we are awake, thank you very much.

  8. Jane Scocca's Gravatar Jane Scocca
    February 10, 2016 - 8:59 pm | Permalink

    What if more than one member of a family has submitted a bracket but there is only one family computer?

  9. Diane's Gravatar Diane
    February 10, 2016 - 9:06 pm | Permalink

    Didn’t know we would be having the official Lent Madness Eve food when we planned eggplant for our dinner menu! Yay for us!

  10. Janene Gorham's Gravatar Janene Gorham
    February 10, 2016 - 9:14 pm | Permalink

    My priest and I stood in Monument Square and gave ashes and prayers to people walking by this morning for the annual “Ashes to go” here.
    Blessing to be able to pray and honor our living Lord

  11. Barbara Gay's Gravatar Barbara Gay
    February 10, 2016 - 10:18 pm | Permalink

    no purple dogs! except maybe stuffed or otherwise inanimate ones.

  12. Donna Devlin's Gravatar Donna Devlin
    February 10, 2016 - 10:28 pm | Permalink

    I’m abstaining from eggplant for Lent.

  13. Sally Duernberger's Gravatar Sally Duernberger
    February 10, 2016 - 10:29 pm | Permalink

    I had my toenails painted purple today in time for Lent Madness Eve. Can’t wait for the fun (enlightenment) to begin! A Blessed Lent to all.

    • Stephen Teichgraeber's Gravatar Stephen Teichgraeber
      February 11, 2016 - 3:31 am | Permalink

      Me too. Sorry. Had to wear shoes to dinner so no one got to see them. saved from the sin of pride I guess…

  14. andrea's Gravatar andrea
    February 10, 2016 - 11:47 pm | Permalink

    Happy Lent Madness Eve! Can’t wait to get started!

  15. Peg S.'s Gravatar Peg S.
    February 10, 2016 - 11:54 pm | Permalink

    I am really thinking about the Golden Halo Mobile idea. I already have a “dust thou art” coating on the car.

  16. Mr. Te's Gravatar Mr. Te
    February 11, 2016 - 6:29 am | Permalink

    Laissez la folie rouler!

  17. tonip1's Gravatar tonip1
    February 11, 2016 - 12:20 pm | Permalink

    I’m so excited for Lent Madness to begin. There’s some great match-ups this year and lots more to learn. Go madness!

  18. Bring Back Philander's Gravatar Bring Back Philander
    February 11, 2016 - 5:11 pm | Permalink

    I will only eat eggplant if you bring back Philander Chase.

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