Nominationtide is nigh upon us

Mere days from now, the Supreme Executive Committee will begin accepting saintly nominations for Lent Madness 2019 during the holy season of Nominationtide (the liturgical color for this sacred season in the Church year is, obviously, purple). This year, Nominationtide will take place over a full week, running from Monday, April 23, at 8:00 am Eastern Time and concluding on Monday, April 30 at 8:00 am.

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The saints are queuing up already, hoping to be first-round draft picks of Lent Madness 2019.

It is a high honor to be invited to share nominations for what will be the 10th Anniversary Edition of Lent Madness. You will find your heart strangely warmed even if your nomination does not ultimately make it into the bracket. Why? Because every nomination will be prayerfully considered by the SEC during their upcoming annual Spring Retreat at a secure, undisclosed location.

As you reflect upon your saintly nominations, know there are a few rules:

  1. The nominee must, in fact, be dead.
  2. The nominee must be on the official calendar of saintly commemorations of some church.
  3. We will accept only one nominee per person.*
  4. You must tell us WHY you are nominating the one person that you enter.*
  5. Your deceased pet, as wonderful as she or he may have been, is not eligible.
  6. The ONLY way to nominate a saint will be to leave a comment on the Nominationtide post here at which will be sent out on Monday, April 23.
  7. That means that comments left on this post don’t count. Or on Facebook or Twitter.
  8. You can also scribble your nomination on a $20 bill and send it to Scott or Tim.

* This is a new guideline as the SEC has received huge lists from individuals in the past.

In addition, we have a formula for ineligible saints that includes anyone from the 2018 bracket and others who made it to certain rounds in recent years. Rather than bore you with the details, we will release the list of ineligible saints from previous years in the forthcoming Nominationtide post, knowing that many of them will get nominated nonetheless. Make sure you check your one nomination against the list of ineligibles, because it would be a shame for you to throw away your chance at Lent Madness Nominationtide Greatness.

Finally, While the process for precisely how the Lent Madness bracket is formulated is one of the great sacred mysteries of the faith, know that the SEC does indeed occasionally heed the cry of the Lent Madness faithful. Thus while maintaining supremacy in all things, there is a tiny window into which Lenten democracy flows. But don’t get used to it.

25 Comments to "Nominationtide is nigh upon us"

  1. Richard Adams's Gravatar Richard Adams
    April 18, 2018 - 8:09 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the advance notice!

  2. Anita Martin's Gravatar Anita Martin
    April 18, 2018 - 8:47 am | Permalink

    I am also in deep thought and prayer regarding my Saintly nominee in the bracket for 2019. Thank you for the opportunity.

  3. Jim Mc Connell's Gravatar Jim Mc Connell
    April 18, 2018 - 8:54 am | Permalink

    Someone fix the Countdown clock!

    • April 18, 2018 - 12:25 pm | Permalink

      What are you talking about? The countdown clock is perfect.

  4. elle's Gravatar elle
    April 18, 2018 - 8:54 am | Permalink

    You guys are nuts!! (in all the best ways, of course…)

  5. April 18, 2018 - 10:31 am | Permalink

    So many saints. So little time.

  6. James Oppenheimer's Gravatar James Oppenheimer
    April 18, 2018 - 4:05 pm | Permalink

    I still like martyr for labor Joe “Don’t mourn for me. Organize!” Hill. The selflessness of this man and others so like him is overwhelming.

  7. Carol's Gravatar Carol
    April 18, 2018 - 5:17 pm | Permalink

    I had already written down 3 ideas! Now I am hoping that 2 of them are ineligible. Or, maybe you would like to lower the number from unlimited down to 3 rather than to 1? 3 is a nice holy number….

  8. linda maumus's Gravatar linda maumus
    April 18, 2018 - 6:08 pm | Permalink

    someone please find a calendar that lists mr. rogers…

    • Duchess Wall's Gravatar Duchess Wall
      April 18, 2018 - 8:40 pm | Permalink

      I like that one, Linda!

      • Linda Sylvester's Gravatar Linda Sylvester
        April 19, 2018 - 12:36 pm | Permalink

        Sadly, the Presbyterians don’t keep the sainthood tradition!

        • Heather McLaren's Gravatar Heather McLaren
          April 19, 2018 - 8:47 pm | Permalink

          I know of at least 2 Presbyterians in Canada that look forward to Lent Madness. We learn a lot about people who live their faith humbly and without wanting acknowledgement.

  9. April 18, 2018 - 10:14 pm | Permalink

    How can I find the saintly calendars to know if the person I want to nominate is eligible.? Frances Perkins won a golden halo, I believe. Why would she be on a saintly calendar. I am confused by this requirement.

    • James's Gravatar James
      April 21, 2018 - 3:00 pm | Permalink

      The saint must be commemorated on a Liturgical calendar, The Episcopal Church has three in use that I know of: Lesser Feasts and Fasts, Holy Women, Holy Men (although this one may now be invalid, and with good reason) and a Great Cloud of Witnesses. You could also choose from the myraid of kalendars in the Anglican Communion. The Catholic Church is made up of 23 churches in communion with Rome, everyone of them has multiple calendars, not to mention the Calcedonian Orthodox Churches and the Oriental Orthodox Churches. And there are many Protestant denominations that also have saintly calendars.

  10. Linda Sylvester's Gravatar Linda Sylvester
    April 19, 2018 - 12:05 am | Permalink

    I’m so excited – I can’t stand it. I’m pretty sure my nom will blow the top off your nomination box!

  11. paul champion's Gravatar paul champion
    April 19, 2018 - 8:40 am | Permalink

    Many thanks to all who are involved in the whole Lent Madness endeavor. Much work! As a minister and life-long member of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), we do not “do” saints as advocates before the Throne. However, the stories of people living out their faith and belief are inspiring. The humor that they often expressed is another part of the light that has come into the world. Again, thanks!

    • Elisabeth Breckow's Gravatar Elisabeth Breckow
      April 20, 2018 - 12:11 am | Permalink

      Thank you for your beautifully expressed thoughts, Paul. I love to think that humor is a part of the light that Christ has brought into the world, and I love to focus on what unites Christians rather than divides us.

  12. Tim's Gravatar Tim
    April 19, 2018 - 11:46 am | Permalink

    Where might I find official calendars of saintly commemorations ?

  13. Mary W.'s Gravatar Mary W.
    April 19, 2018 - 1:48 pm | Permalink

    So….if I form a church on the internet befoere 4/23 and make Mr. Rogers a saint, I can nominate him? 😀

    I’ll call it “The African, S. American, Asian, Australian, Antarctic, Ocean Island, European, American Episcopal Methodist Baptist Amish Anabaptist Mennonite Morman Adventist Church of Christ” (sorry to anybody I left out)

  14. Tammie Taylor's Gravatar Tammie Taylor
    April 19, 2018 - 3:07 pm | Permalink

    I think the new “rules” for nominating a saint (singular) are perfect! Absolutely perfect!
    Kudos to the SEC for bravely negotiating a new deal with the Lent Madness faithful.
    Ok, it’s actually an edict – it’s not like we got a vote or anything – but congrats just the same for forcing us to narrow our nomination down to one. This exercise will no doubt force us to give more thought (research) and hopefully prayer to our choice. Way to go!

  15. Kathy in Nicaragua's Gravatar Kathy in Nicaragua
    April 19, 2018 - 10:50 pm | Permalink

    I really liked the new quadrants this year. I was going to advocate for a similar organization when I nominated my three saints! Now that I can only nominate one, I don’t want to confuse the issue by lobbying for quadrants, too. So I’ll lobby now. KEEP THE QUADRANTS. Thank you.

  16. rm gens's Gravatar rm gens
    April 21, 2018 - 6:18 pm | Permalink

    I nominate Florence Li Tim-Oi page187 of the Holy Women ,Holy Men.

  17. Anne Beckett's Gravatar Anne Beckett
    April 21, 2018 - 6:44 pm | Permalink

    Unfortunately, though very spiritual in nature, Peace Pilgrim (Mildred Lisette Norman) isn’t on any calendar that I can find, so I can’t nominate her. I thought I’d share a few quotes instead:
    If you realized how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think a negative thought.

    When you find peace within yourself, you become the kind of person who can live at peace with others.

    This is the way of peace: Overcome evil with good, falsehood with truth, and hatred with love.

  18. John Mears's Gravatar John Mears
    April 24, 2018 - 8:42 am | Permalink

    My first experience in Lenten Madness Nominationtide, and I wish the Supreme Executive Council well in winnowing all of the nominations down to the 2019 list. I didn’t realize I would become privy to every nomination when I checked the “Notify me of follow-up comments by email.” box; and I respectfully request to be disconnected from that option. I have received enough saints’ names and histories for a month of November firsts.

  19. Carol's Gravatar Carol
    April 25, 2018 - 7:24 am | Permalink

    I am assuming all the people on this Wikipedia list of the Episcopal Calendar of Saints are eligible? Of course there are others from other traditions, but I found this to be a great start in thinking of people, and it confirmed that many of the nominees above should be okay.

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