Chief Seattle vs. John Donne

Whew! It's been a wild week of Saintly Sixteen action, which concludes with today's battle between Chief Seattle and John Donne.

Yesterday, Jonathan Daniels swept past Josephine Bakhita 72% to 28% to advance to the Saintly Sixteen, where he'll face Florence Li Tim-Oi.

Enjoy (or rue) the weekend voting respite, and we'll be back to conclude the Saintly Sixteen first thing on Monday Morning as Martin de Porres faces Leoba. The Elate Eight looms...

But for now, go vote!

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Jonathan Myrick Daniels vs. Josephine Bakhita

Another day, another heart-wrenching matchup between two saintly souls. Today it's Jonathan Daniels vs. Josephine Bakhita.

Yesterday, Blandina swept past Brendan of Clonfert 59% to 41% to advance to the Elate Eight where she'll face Joanna the Myrrhbearer.

Remember to read the comments and perhaps even comment yourself! There is a wealth of information that gets shared by the Lent Madness Global Voting Public and it's always fun and faithful to see where the conversation goes. Not to mention the occasional limerick, poem, and hymn dedicated to our two competing saints.

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Brendan of Clonfert v. Blandina

Well, friends, we are exactly halfway through the Saintly Sixteen, with four battles down and four to go. The round of Quirks and Quotes continues today as Brendan of Clonfert faces off against Blandina in a battle of the Bs.

Yesterday, JS Bach sung his way past Richard Hooker 64% to 36% to advance to the Elate Eight.

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Johann Sebastian Bach v. Richard Hooker

Well, Bach is back. And he's facing Richard Hooker in today's Saintly Sixteen matchup. Where but Lent Madness will you find such deliciously absurd pairings?

Yesterday, Bertha of Kent trounced Edmund 82% to 18% to advance to the Elate Eight.

Also yesterday, Tim and Scott released another rousing episode of Monday Madness. You've surely already seen it, but you can watch it here.

And finally, here's your occasional reminder that you can always visit the Brackets tab to find the write-ups from earlier rounds and refresh your voting memory. Just scroll down and right underneath the updated bracket, you'll find links to all the earlier matchups.

Time to vote!

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Monday Madness -- March 20, 2023

It's time for this week's gratitude-themed episode of Monday Madness. Tim and Scott give thanks for St. Joseph's Day and the whole company of Celebrity Bloggers. Lent Madness wouldn't be possible without their work. Literally. (And if we were trying to sell Lent Madness real estate, we'd need St. Joseph, too!)

Tim and Scott also give thanks to the Lent Madness Global Viewing Public™ for a generous response to an email inviting donations to support Lent Madness. As you may know, Lent Madness is sponsored by Forward Movement, and it's just one of many FREE offerings to the church. In addition to Lent Madness, Forward Movement sends printed materials to prisons and nursing homes free of charge. Forward Movement provides free websites, apps, and podcasts to support a life of prayer. If you'd like to make a gift to support this work, you can make a gift online right now! Thank you.

All that, and more! There's no need to speculate about what comes after the Saintly Sixteen, as this video also reveals what's coming next.

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Bertha of Kent v. Edmund

And...we're back for a FULL WEEK of Saintly Sixteen action! Today Bertha of Kent takes on Edmund. Like a penitential chess match, it's queen vs. king.

On Friday, in the second matchup of this round, Florence Li-Tim Oi defeated Enmegahbowh 64% to 36% to advance to the Elate Eight.

Will the Lent Madness voting public be "blessed" with another episode of Monday Madness? Stay tuned to find out.

And in the meantime, go vote!

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Florence Li Tim-Oi vs. Enmegahbowh

Hey, it's the final battle of the week and the second matchup of the Saintly Sixteen! Today Florence Li Tim-Oi faces Enmegahbowh.

Yesterday, Joanna the Myrrhbearer soundly defeated Augustine 65% to 35% to become the first saintly soul to reach the Elate Eight.

Oh, and if you're looking to refresh your knowledge by re-reading the first round information? Go to the Brackets tab and scroll down. Right underneath the updated bracket, you'll find links to all the earlier matchups.

Have a great weekend full of Lenten life, and we'll see you bright and early Monday morning as Bertha of Kent faces Edmund.

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Augustine of Hippo v. Joanna the Myrrhbearer

Welcome to the Saintly Sixteen! We have now cut the field of 32 saints in half. 16 remain and one of these inspiring souls will eventually be crowned with the 2023 Golden Halo. We kick things off with Augustine of Hippo facing Joanna the Myrrhbearer, with the first spot in the Elate Eight at stake.

In this round, we move from basic biographical data to Quirks & Quotes. You'll learn some unusual facts or even legends about the remaining saints, along with quotes either by or about the holy ones in question.

And if you'd like to fill out a bracket online to see how you'll fare the rest of the way, click here.

Yesterday, Martin de Porres easily grabbed the last spot in the Saintly Sixteen by cruising past Maximus the Confessor 78% to 22%.

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Martin de Porres v. Maximus the Confessor

Congratulations! You have nearly made it to the end of the Round of 32. One spot remains up for grabs in the Saintly Sixteen. Will it belong to Martin de Porres? Or will Maximus the Confessor stake his claim? That's up to you and your single vote.

Yesterday, whether or not you consider it poetic justice, John Donne made it past Juan Diego to advance to the next round.

Tomorrow begins the Saintly Sixteen as Augustine squares off against Joanna the Myrrhbearer. But that's for another day. Go vote!

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Juan Diego v. John Donne

In the penultimate matchup of the Round of 32, Juan Diego faces off against John Donne. Yes, one of these saints will be Juan and Donne (or 'one and done,' if you prefer).

Yesterday, Jonathan Daniels swept past Rutilio Grande 79% to 21% to make the Saintly Sixteen, where he'll face Josephine Bakhita.

Obviously you watched Monday Madness yesterday. But if you insist on watching it again, you can watch it here. Tim and Scott thank you.

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