The annual saintly smackdown kicks off on Thursday morning as Camillus de Lellis squares off against Matthias. We’re calling this the Gamblers’ Gambit, and we bet you will too. Odds favor an 8:00 am sharp kick-off on Ash Thursday, February 18. If you haven’t made your bracket picks yet, head over to playlentmadness.com to enter your picks in an amazing newly-created and just-revealed online tracker!
This year, because we know you are struggling with the pandemic, we decided to add an official opening ceremony to Lent Madness XII, a.k.a. the battle for the coveted 2021 Golden Halo. Since we can’t pack the Lent Dome with fans, we’re holding an online Opening Ceremony. Perhaps next year, we’ll hold an epic in-person event (no ticket scalping!).
For this year, our online ceremony begins with this video, courtesy of the Cathedral of Saint James in South Bend, Indiana.
The folks at St. James’ have painted the amazing peg dolls you see in the video. Big shout out to the lay leaders and clergy for using Lent Madness as an invitation to learn more about the saints and to encourage discipleship whilst having fun.
Now, no sporting event can start without the singing of the national anthem. We were unable to secure Lady Gaga this year, but we DO have a fabulous pre-COVID recording of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in St. Louis, Missouri singing the Official Hymn of Lent Madness.
By the way, St. Peter’s is searching for their next rector. If you know a priest who is open to a new call, tell them to check out the church website. Perhaps they can be the rector of the Lent Hymn Church™. Tell them to hurry; the deadline is today.
The Olympics usually start with an opening ceremony that lasts three or four hours. We know you’re busy, so we’re cutting it short. It’s yet another way that Tim and Scott are caring for you, the Lent Madness global public.
Come back on Thursday morning as the saintly games begin. In the meantime, consider the Lent Madness XII games officially opened!