Monday Madness -- February 4, 2019

It's hard to believe, but it's already been a week since the last episode of Monday Madness. Time flies when you're anticipating Lent! (Speaking of which, if you haven't already done so, you should forget about Game of Thrones and binge-watch all eight seasons of Monday Madness right now.)

Anyway, Scott and Tim are back with another compelling episode of must-see pre-Lenten TV. This week, they share the results of the first-ever three-option vote on Lent Madness, in which the global viewing public chose the new Official Hymn of Lent Madness.

Before we get to the results, now would be a good time to remind you to load up on special Lent Madness items, including the commemorative Tenth Anniversary Edition of the Saintly Scorecard. Just like last year, we are selling the scorecards individually or in packs of 10. To get the best price order three or more packs of 10, for an unbelievably low price of just $1 per scorecard. You’ll also want to buy the astonishing 2019 Giant Bracket Posters. They’re a steal at just $11. There’s no extra charge for the full color printing, and they get cheaper. It's only $10 each when you buy two or more. Why not get an even dozen?

As you'll recall, Sr. Diana of the Community of the Transfiguration, our Hymn Writer in Residence, penned three options for the Official Hymn of Lent Madness. You, the Lent Madness global viewing public, chose the winner. See? There's a hint of democracy in the Lent Madness hierarchy (don't get used to it).

The glory of these forty days
Tune: Erhalt uns, Herr. The Hymnal 1982, 143

The glory of these forty days
Is added to by glorious Saints
Whose stories told by bloggers fine
Enrich our hearts and stretch our minds.

For daily come more holy ones
Who daily give us laughs and fun.
They bravely, true and faithful served.
With them through Lent we march, unswerved.

The struggle of these forty days
Is choosing who should get more praise.
Acceptance when our choice doth lose
Is penitence naught can remove.

Still through the darkness gleams the light.
Fast comes the day of halo bright.
When all our suffering shall cease
The winner’s blessing’s our release.

Now, we just need the definitive recording. Tell your choir director or church choir to get busy. Or have the whole congregation sing it. We would love to share a video of your church singing the Official Hymn of Lent Madness. In return for your hard work and musical skill, we will reward with you fame. That's better than a Grammy, right? Send us a link in the comments!

Oh and here's a version of the actual hymn if you feel like humming along with the tune.

Believe it or not, Lent Madness starts in just 30 days!! So get busy ordering those scorecards and filling out those brackets.

This is here for social media sharing. And to help Sr. Diana's fame abound. We're not sure what type of plant life is growing out of her habit, but it may be the initial stirrings of a green halo.

Sr. Diana


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10 comments on “Monday Madness -- February 4, 2019”

  1. Just thought I would mention St. Anskar, whose day it is!
    My take away from reading about him is to never give up. Never never give up!
    That's all

  2. Ill show this to the choir director and see if I can get him interested. He might like the fame part!!!

    1. There is "unswerve," unswerving'" unswervingly and unswerved (accent on the d.) but usage quit olf. I rather like the poetry.

    2. I'm with you, Nancy, but at least Forty Days and Forty Nights didn't come in first. I always feel it takes forty days and nights just to get through the first stanza—original lyrics, not Sr. Diana's, of course. But it's the tune, not the words.

  3. With apologies to Sr. Diana, I shall make listening to this doleful hymn part of my Lenten penance. Like Nancy and Sunderland above 'tis not a hymn that I doth love