Monday Madness -- Kitsch Krank Edition

As the giant purple Lenten clock ticks down to the start of the Elate Eight -- aka the Round of Saintly Kitsch -- Tim and Scott share their annual warning about Kitsch Kranks, the people who just can't get on board with this level of fun and frivolity.

In this week's episode of Monday Madness, you'll get a reminder of the First and Second Great Commandments of Lent Madness, but also the reminder that if you want the facts about saints, you can always revisit the basic biographies of the first round or the quirks and quotes of the Saintly Sixteen by clicking the Bracket Tab.

The SEC also celebrates the naming of St. Anna's Episcopal Church, a new church born out of the merger of two congregations. Inspired by the 2018 Golden Halo winner, Anna Alexander, they chose the name St. Anna's. We shared this story in a special post.

Also, if you want to hear the rare instance where Scott accidentally called Tim a "friend", tune into Scott's interview with Sandra T. Montes on her Lenten podcast. He also talks about Lent, "go big or go home" liturgy, and his journey into the Episcopal Church. If you need to cleanse your palate after listening, you can read Tim's new book while you sip some coffee.

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19 comments on “Monday Madness -- Kitsch Krank Edition”

  1. Kitsch kranks??? Say it ain't so!!! The SEC is slipping, or it has been infiltrated by some nefarious krankster!

  2. Anyone else notice the name of the first Lent Madness Golden Halo winner on the spine of a book behind Father Tim?

  3. You are delightful! A million thanks for your humor and the fun, educational learning experiences you give us! :- )

  4. You two are working your way into my heart & mind and I am learning more about sainthood than I ever thought I could know. May God bless you both abundantly

  5. I too am devoted to all phases of Lent Madness....especially the Kitch...where do people find these "collectables"? Keep on producing this Lent Devotion.

  6. I just LOVE Monday Madness! This week, I didn't have sound, so I turned on the subtitles. I don't know who does them, but whoever it was took liberties--to put it mildly--with some of the words. For Example, Tim's last name came out "skank", and this is the "saintly kissed" round.
    You guys are always funny, but these subtitles are a scream! My computer-expert husband asserts that the "mistakes" were done before the recording. Is your sound engineer by any chance a Kitch Krank? Thanks for bringing humor to this particularly sombre Lent.
    Happy Lent!

    1. around here we have several places and people spelled Schanck, or Schenck, and those not in the know are constantly mispronouncing those words as Shank. I'm glad to read that the captions writer got Tim's name correct. Except for the "e".

  7. Scott and Tim, Always looking forward to seeing you on Mondays during Lent Madness. Kan't believe that we are already at the Elate Eight stage of the smackdown already! Impatiently waiting for the Kitsch to make their appearance! I am deeply curious (and nosy) so, Tim, were you struck by lightning?

  8. I don't know how it's possible to top the "Crucified Jesus" lamp. You are setting a high bar for the bloggers.

  9. Watching belatedly after posting Morning Prayer video. Sorry guys - when I can be within 6 feet of another priest, I will go to confession. You are both hysterical and I love the kitsch. Happy Lent!

  10. Hey Tim and Scott -
    Sending this question in prep for the Final Four: How does this year's Lent Madness compare to past seasons? It feels different (aside from the global pandemic). While I have voted in every match-up, it seems to me a more mellow contest with fewer number of votes and less fervent (dare I say rabid) comments? And I think the closest thing to a nail-biter was Brother Lawrence v. Hildegard? I'm wondering if that is just my perception or if it is the case - and if the latter, perhaps because we are all focused on Staying Home and Staying Safe?