Monday Madness -- Eastertide Edition

Alleluia, Christ is risen and it's time for another episode of Monday Madness! The Lord is risen indeed, and Tim and Scott are here with an action-packed episode. Naturally, they celebrate the incredibly dramatic victory of Dr. José Hernández to win the 2022 Golden Halo. With just a three-vote margin, it was the closest champtionship contest in Lent Madness history.

2022 Golden Halo mugYou might like to celebrate the win of Dr. Hernández by raising a toast in a commemorative 2022 Golden Halo winner mug. Limited quantities will be produced, so get your order in today! We expect them to ship in early summer, but shipping dates and the exact final appearance of the mug may vary due to supply chain issues. But once they're gone, they're gone. Order yours today!

If you do order a mug, when your mug arrives, please send us your mug shot! We love sharing photos of the Lent Madness Global Viewing Public enjoying their coffee (or tea) while they discuss bracketology or relive the drama of the Saintly Sixteen.

Easter Triumph Easter Joy book coverSpeaking of ordering things, if you're looking for a way to sustain Easter joy, Scott's latest book is Easter Triumph, Easter Joy: Meditations for the Fifty Days of Eastertide. You can get it in paper from Amazon, Forward Movement, or your local bookseller. It's also available as an ebook.

Tim wrote a humorous look at the season some years ago, Dust Bunnies in the Basket: Finding God in Lent & Easter, available as a book and ebook.

Visit the Lentorium regularly for updates on books and merchandise for Lent Madness fans.

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Monday Madness -- Faithful Four Edition

The frenetic pace of Lent Madness continues with the arrival of the Faithful Four! Which of these four amazing saints will win the Golden Halo? Only time -- and your votes -- will tell. Tim and Scott are here with a look at the Faithful Four and the next few days of Monday Madness. The end is nearly upon us and we're anticipating a high energy saintly crescendo.

Besides learning the real names of the first few days of Holy Week, this episode features gratitude to our illustrious company of Celebrity Bloggers and all the others who work hard to make Lent Madness a huge global phenomenon (for a Lenten devotion).

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Monday Madness -- Elate Eight Edition

Everyone is talking about brackets and championships because...it's the week of the Elate Eight! As we reach the dramatic peak of Lent Madness XIII, Tim and Scott are back with a preview of the eight teams, er saints, that have earned berths in what is also known in penitential circles as the Round of Saintly Kitsch.

This is the time of year when some people get grumpy about Lent Madness. Instead of going back and reading the basic biographies and quirks & quotes from previous rounds, they turn into Kitsch Kranks. The Supreme Executive Committee is here with their annual reminder of the Great Commandments of Lent Madness.

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Monday Madness on Tuesday

Sometimes Tim and Scott like to remind people that the Supreme Executive Committee is, well, supreme. Thus we are releasing Monday Madness this week on Tuesday. Whatever you do, don't call it Tuesday Madness. It's definitely got a Monday vibe.

This week's episode covers a dramatic contest in the march to the Saintly Sixteen. And Scott makes an inside joke, funny only for people who have read Thomas Aquinas' Summa Theologiae. All that and more in just six fun-filled minutes of this extra-special Tuesday edition of Monday Madness.

Remember you can always watch the back catalog of Monday Madness episodes if you are looking for something to do as we head toward Holy Week.

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Monday Madness -- March 21, 2022

This week Tim and Scott talk about how they've discovered another bracket-based tournament that people are talking about. That other one even has a similar name to Lent Madness. The audacity! Still, in a spirit of generosity, Tim lists some of the teams in the other big bracket that have saintly connections.

On Thursday this week, the Saintly Sixten kicks off, and Monday Madness helps you know what to expect as the next phase of the Saintly Smackdown begins.

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Monday Madness -- March 14, 2022

Gather the kids and make some popcorn, it's time for another episode of Monday Madness. This week, Tim and Scott are back to share some behind-the-scenes details of how they pick the bracket. And they talk about voting woes on the Lent Madness website.

By the way, George T. Dog, who lives with Scott, gets a shout-out too. You might like to follow him on Twitter (@georgetdog), follow him on Instagram (@georgetdog), or like his Facebook page (georgetdog). He's very media savvy.

Whilte Tim and Scott are not as photogenic as George, but you might want to follow @fathertim and @scottagunn on Twitter if you're not already.

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Monday Madness -- March 7, 2022

Tim and Scott are back with an all new, highly informative, and action-packed episode of Monday Madness. This week, they talk about how cheating at Lent Madness can ruin the fun for everyone. They also address the difficulty some had voting early on in today's matchup between Melania the Elder and Hilary of Poitiers (all is once again right with the world). Remember, everyone gets a vote, but one vote only! Not the 600 illegal votes one person tried to cast for Wenceslaus on Opening Day...

Today marks the official launch of Scott's latest book, Easter Triumph, Easter Joy: Meditations for the Fifty Days of Eastertide. If the glum news of the world gets you down, this book might be just the thing to remember our ultimate hope in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The book is available from Forward Movement, Amazon, and other places. There's an ebook, too.

Of course, it wouldn't be fair to highlight just one member of the SEC's books! Tim reminds us that his latest book will be a sure page-turner as it caffeinates and inspires you. Get yourself of a copy of Holy Grounds: The Surprising Connection between Coffee and Faith - From Dancing Goats to Satan's Drink (ebook here).

Last, but not least, there's a shout-out for some Lent Madness enthusiasts among the Lutheran faithful of the Twin Cities at St. Philip the Deacon Lutheran Church. Check out Pastor Tim's video. If your church -- whatever your denomination! -- loves Lent Madness, please send us photos or videos and we'd love to give you a shout-out, too.

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Monday Madness -- February 28, 2022

Anticipation of the start of Lent Madness XIII this Thursday couldn't be higher! Tim and Scott are back with the last pre-season episode of Monday Madness to share some BREAKING NEWS! God and technology willing, a new Lent Madness website will launch today or tomorrow. Hear more about it -- including some hot new features -- on this week's show!

The new website (at this very same URL!) will add many features. It looks great on any device. It has better email delivery features. Perhaps most exciting, it has a built-in feature where you can put in your bracket picks and track your success compared with Lent Madness fans all over the world, nay, the universe.

They also talk about a fun interview with Ryan Dunn on the Pastoring in the Digital Parish Podcast. Ryan is on the denominational communications team for the United Methodist Church, so it was great to build some ecumenical bridges with this whacky devotion.

Lastly, there's a shout-out to David Simmons and his gift to the Lent Madness global viewing public. David has created a sticker sheet that prints on standard Avery 5160 label paper. You can use these stickers to mark up your giant bracket poster if you don't like looking at your own chick-scratch handwriting and prefer the high-quality professional image that Lent Madness deserves.

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Monday Madness -- February 21, 2022

Fire up your novenas, it's just nine days until Lent Madness XIII begins! Tim and Scott are back with essential pre-season viewing on this week's episode of Monday Madness. Among other things, they highlight some of the big-time saints in this year's epic bracket.

Since most of the Lent Madness merch is sold out, the product placement is limited this week, for a change. However, they do point out that you can order a Saintly Scorecard for your Kindle, and Tim graciously offers to sign your device. You can, of course, play Lent Madness for free.

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Monday Madness -- February 7, 2022

After a two-week break for the hardest working Lenten script writers in the business to create more brilliant dialogue, Tim and Scott are back with another Emmy-worthy episode of Monday Madness. In the interim, the producers and key grips also put the Supreme Executive Committee back in their places (with Scott on the left and Tim on the right). That sound you hear is the world breathing a collective sigh of relief.

The Lentorium's shelves are getting bare, so make sure you order your Lent Madness merch right away! You can order your giant bracket posters or Saintly Scorecards at this very moment.

While you're waiting for Lent Madness to kick off in 23 days, now's a good time to Google all the saints on the bracket and learn all about them. It's also a good time to decide which saint you'll dress up as when you go to church (zoom OR in person) during Lent. If that's not exciting enough for you, you can always binge-watch the entire oeuvre of Monday Madness. We're on our eleventh season of pure penitential gold.

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