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.
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:
- The nominee must, in fact, be dead.
- The nominee must be on the official calendar of saintly commemorations of some church.
- We will accept only one nominee per person.*
- You must tell us WHY you are nominating the one person that you enter.*
- Your deceased pet, as wonderful as she or he may have been, is not eligible.
- The ONLY way to nominate a saint will be to leave a comment on the Nominationtide post here at www.lentmadness.org which will be sent out on Monday, April 23.
- That means that comments left on this post don’t count. Or on Facebook or Twitter.
- 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.