Category Archives: Lent Madness 2015

The “Other” March Madness

Here at Lent Madness HQ, we take brackets seriously. Thus when someone alerted us to the fact that there is some other bracket-style tournament that takes place in March, we thought we’d better take a look. What follows is the Official Lent Madness Bracket Analysis For Tournaments Taking Place During March That Do Not Involve […]

Kamehameha vs. David Oakerhater

The Saintly Sixteen continues with a Hawaiian king vs. the first Native American saint. Kamehameha takes on David Oakerhater as a man passionate about the medical care of his people faces a man whose Cheyenne name is translated “Making Medicine.” Regardless of the outcome, one thing is certain: one of Neva Rae Fox’s saints will advance to […]

Brendan the Navigator vs. Thecla

Welcome to the Round of the Saintly Sixteen! With Barbara’s defeat at the hands of Thomas Ken 67% to 33%, we’ve collectively narrowed the field down from 32 saints to 16. Now the truly hard work begins on the journey towards the 2015 Golden Halo.  Lent Madness, like Lent, is part endurance race and we […]

Barbara vs. Thomas Ken

It’s here, it’s here! No, not the final battle of the First Round — though that’s an important milestone in Lent Madness 2015. But  the matchup everyone’s been talking about (or at least Tim and Scott) since the inception of the bracket: Barbie vs. Ken! The 3rd century saint vs. the 17th century English bishop and […]

Bernard Mizeki vs. Margaret of Antioch

In the penultimate battle of the first round, we have a South African missionary and martyr taking on an early 4th century martyr from Antioch. Courage (and at least one dragon) abounds in this battle between Bernard Mizeki and Margaret of Antioch with the winner to face Jackson Kemper in the Saintly Sixteen. Yesterday in […]

Monday Madness — March 9, 2015

This week’s episode of Monday Madness is especially exciting, because Tim and Scott are 7,000 miles apart. Tim is still snowed in, whilst Scott is in Kenya on a pilgrimage with Episcopal Migration Ministries. But that’s not all! For the first time ever, the Supreme Executive Committee awards the Lent Madness Medal of Valor for […]

Dionysius the Great vs. Irene the Great

Remember that passage in the synoptic gospels (Luke 2:24, Matthew 18:1, Mark 9:34) where the disciples start arguing about which one of them is the greatest? Jesus basically tells them to get a life (by losing it). Here at Lent Madness, however, Dionysius and Irene are battling to resolve the question once and for all. […]

We’re baaaaaaaaaack…

Dear Lent Madness Faithful, Early this morning, at about 8:20 am EST, the Lent Madness website went down. You probably heard the collective weeping and gnashing of teeth that rang out all over the globe. Or you may have noticed the uptick in purple votive candle sales that impacted the international markets. After a lot […]

Balthazar vs. Cecilia

In the final battle of a week filled with saintly thrills and spills, Balthazar squares off against Cecilia. And you, yes YOU, get to decide whether to vote against Christmas pageants or against church choirs. So good luck with that. Actually, both saints have inspired many people over the generations — from those who love frankincense, to […]

Egeria vs. Hildegard

Today it’s Egeria vs. Hildegard of Bingen. The world’s original “Mystery Worshipper” vs. a 12th century renaissance woman. Both have had a major impact upon the Christianity we have inherited, yet only one will advance to the Saintly Sixteen. We’re expecting a flurry of comments on this. Let the agonizing over votes begin! But first, […]