In parish halls and church entryways across the land, signs of the (Lent Madness) season are all around us. We thought we'd highlight a few displays from around the country that were shared with us via the Lent Madness Facebook page.
Wait, what's that? You don't follow Lent Madness on Facebook? We're shocked! And it probably means you don't follow the world's most popular online Lenten devotion on Twitter either.
Whatever. It's not like our entire self-worth is dependent upon how many followers we have on social media. Though if you DID like us on Facebook and join over 22,000 other Lent Madness fans, it would warm our hearts. Especially if, say, we got to 25,000 likes. But we digress.
Here are a few parishes preparing for Lent Madness in fine form. We encourage you to be inspired by their witness to the Madness. And then let us see your Lenten creativity! You could even message us a picture on Facebook. Or, if you've given up Facebook for Lent, take a photo and send it to us via carrier camel or something.
We like this display at St. James Episcopal Church in Cincinnati, OH, for several reasons. First, the casual product placement of the Saintly Scorecard and purple Lent Madness travel mug. The red banners are reminiscent of martyrs - or maybe Mardi Gras. And finally, the bracket placed on the office window means that it's hiding a staff member. This place has their priorities in order!
At the Cathedral of St. Paul in Erie, PA, they're so into Lent Madness, they bought PURPLE CHAIRS! The SEC doesn't even have purple chairs! We really need to start a Gofundme page to GET TIM AND SCOTT PURPLE THRONES.
We dig the "Coming Soon" sign under the bracket at Faith Episcopal Church in Cameron Park, CA, because it sounds like a threat. Also the fancy plastic holder for the Scorecards are a nice touch. We assume there used to be hundreds of them but now there are only two left because Lent Madness is just THAT popular on the west coast.
Okay, these saintly creations at St. James Cathedral in South Bend, IN, are AMAZING. We're very impressed. And only slightly disappointed that the good folks of St. James didn't put their creative energy into making mini Celebrity Blogger dolls instead.
At St. Andrew's in Wellesley, MA, they posted icons of all the competing saints. That's impressive! Just make sure not to cover up the bracket itself. We're very proud of that thing, and Jesus said not to hide your bracket under a bushel of icons. Or something like that.
Look at those purple streamers at Trinity Church in Matawan, NJ! And the whole purple theme, actually. We love the spirit here. And appreciate the fact that no one ruined the display by trying to hang their coats up on those hangers.
Finally, at St. Paul's in Boulder, CO, everyone is raising their hand to participate in Lent Madness 2020. Or they're trying to give the saints high fives. Either way, we also love that they put up a purplish bulletin board to mark the occasion.
We really are grateful that so many parishes are participating in Lent Madness with great enthusiasm this year. Keep up the good work, everyone! The Madness is getting closer...