Monday Madness -- Faithful Four Edition

The roar of the crowd -- and the wind noise on this video -- have reached high volumes! Tim and Scott are back with another episode of Monday Madness to cover the Faithful Four. The last in-season episode of Lent Madness XV!

Arrival of Holy Week means that Easter is right around the corner! If you're looking for some help celebrating the joy of Easter, you might like Scott's book, Easter Triumph, Easter Joy, with daily devotions for the 50 days of Easter. And Tim's book, Dust Bunnies in the Basket, offers good humor and spiritual direction for Easter and Lent. Your church might like to pass out colorable posters that create a fun way for the whole family to rejoice each day of Eastertide. Check out Alleluia! 50 Days and 50 Ways to Celebrate Easter, which comes in packs of 25.

The Supreme Executive Committee heartily encourages you to find your way to church this week for the most important liturgies of the year. After casting your votes, of course.

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Monday Madness -- Elate Eight Edition

It's time for the round everyone* has been looking forward to: the Elate Eight aka The Round of Saintly Kitsch. Tim and Scott are back to preview the coming contests, as the field narrows and the stakes get higher.

*Not everyone loves this round. As we move from basic biographical sketches in the Round of 32 and then the Quirks & Quotes of the Saintly Sixteen, we come to the always-remarkable displays of saintly kitsch in the Elate Eight. Some people, whom we have dubbed Kitsch Kranks, find this to be unhelpful or even irreverent. The Supreme Executive Committee reminds everyone of the Lent Madness Great Commandments, which might help you weather the next round.

While they didn't mention it in the video, the powers-that-be of Lent Madness would also like to remind you to go to church in Holy Week. A lot! All joking aside, the Holy Week liturgies take us to the very center of our faith. Hope to see you in church. Over and over and over again.

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Monday Madness -- March 11, 2024

It's time to roll out the purple carpet as the Academy Lent Madness Global Viewing public tunes in to this week's episode of Monday Madness. Tim and Scott are back this week, still reeling from their annual snub at the Oscars. Maybe it's time for the Academy to add new categories, such as "Best Video from an Online Lenten Devotional by Episcopalians" or perhaps "Best Split-Screen YouTube Series Running More than Ten Seasons."

Tim and Scott are pleased to answer viewer mail this week. If you want to have YOUR question answered, please leave a comment on the Lent Madness website, and the SEC will possibly answer your question.

And in the meantime, enjoy this FULL WEEK of Saintly Sixteen action that extends before you.

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Monday Madness -- March 4, 2024

It's time for another action-packed episode of Monday Madness! And in a rare twist, Tim and Scott are IN THE SAME LOCATION. There is no line dividing the Supreme Executive Committee one from another. We have prayed fervently for divisions to cease, and this has come to fruition. At least for one episode.

Remember, if you get bored (or are searching for a particularly penitential Lenten devotion), you can always watch the entire oeuvre of Monday Madness at the award-winning* Lent Madness TV channel online.

Finally, don't forget to cast your vote today in the battle between Gertrude the Great and Gertrude of Nivelles.

* Certain claims in this sentence may be exaggerated or "based on true events."

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Monday Madness -- February 26, 2024

Gather the kids around the computer! Summon the neighbors! It's time for another episode of Monday Madness. In this week's episode, Tim and Scott preview the upcoming battles in the ongoing saga of Lent Madness XV.

Tim and Scott also share how YOU, the Global Viewing Public of Lent Madness can ask questions to be answered by the Supreme Executive Committee on a future episode of Monday Madness. (Void where prohibited. Terms and conditions may apply. Do not attempt without a professional driver.)

Keep up your faithful voting. We'll see you on the YouTubes.

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Monday Madness -- February 19, 2024

It's time for another not-to-be-missed episode in the epic, award-winning* series, Monday Madness! Tim and Scott are back with a preview of the coming battles in Lent Madness XV.

Though Lent has been under way for a few days, you might still be looking for a suitable Lenten penance. May we recommend watching the entire oeuvre of Lent Madness?

Stay tuned for next week's episode, which will be every bit as good as this week's show. We promise.

* Certain claims in this sentence may be dramatized or exaggerated.

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Monday Madness -- February 12, 2024

It's the last pre-season episode of Monday Madness before the kickoff of Lent Madness XV. Tim and Scott preview the first contest of the coming tourney, which kicks off at 8:00 a.m. on February 15, 2024. That's this Thursday! ASH THURSDAY!

As you prepare for Lent Madness, you are encouraged to download the FREE Digital Saintly Scorecard. You can still buy Giant Bracket Posters, but they won't arrive in time for Ash Thursday. However, as Tim rightly says, you can still buy a bracket poster and enjoy it for the bulk of Lent. Especially if you buy them in bulk.

Need even more info about Lent Madness? Check out this news release from Episcopal News Service. Then put it in your church newsletter. Or make copies and drop them by helicopter around your neighborhood. Or encourage some monks to create an illuminated manuscript.

Tell your friends and neighbors it's almost time for the Biggest Roman Numeral Lenten Devotion in the world!

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Monday Madness -- February 5, 2024

It's the penultimate pre-season episode of Monday Madness! Tim and Scott are here to help you get ready for Lent Madness XV.

Today's episode has the breaking news the entire Lent Madness Global Viewing Public has been waiting for: the Digital Saintly Scorecard is ready. If you want to download the Digital Saintly Scorecard, you can get your copy right now for free. That's right, FREE!

With just a few days until Lent, today is the last day you can order Giant Bracket Posters from Forward Movement with arrival before Ash Thursday. The full-color posters are just $15, and they're a steal at $10 each if you buy five or more. While you're stocking up on posters, you might like colorable Join the Journey through Lent posters, which are sold in packs of 25. If you're super on top of things, you could also order your Easter colorable poster calendar, too. But we realize that's a bit of a stretch. Even for us.

But seriously, you don't need to spend money to enjoy Lent Madness. You can print out your own bracket at home. It costs nothing to vote. So study up and be ready for the start of Lent Madness 2024 on February 15.

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Monday Madness -- January 29, 2024

Tim and Scott are back with another action-packed, fun-filled episode of Monday Madness. This week, they review several resources that are available to help you prepare for Lent Madness (and Lent).

Watch the video to learn more, but you can get your very own giant bracket poster (in full color!) for just a few dollars. Order yours today. Put one up at home and at work. They look great on the wall in your parish hall or Sunday school classroom. No one's stopping you from putting one on your car. Or turning two of them into a sandwich board and walking around your neighborhood yelling "Lent Madness is Near!" at the top of your lungs.

And you might also like to get a colorable poster to support the whole family through the season of Lent. These colorable posters are sold in packs of 25, so they're perfect to give to your whole church. Buy the Join the Journey through Lent calendar poster or get way ahead of the game and order your Alleluia! 50 Days and 50 Ways to Celebrate Easter calendar poster.

Oh, and we would be remiss if we did not include links to the two books that Tim mentioned in the video. These are books inviting you to a humorous and joyful approach to Advent/Christmas and Lent/Easter, written by Tim and illustrated by Jay Sidebotham. Check out Dog in the Manger: Finding God in Christmas Chaos and Dust Bunnies in the Basket: Finding God in Lent & Easter.

The digital Saintly Scorecard is coming soon, probably the next few days. Stay tuned!

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Monday Madness is back!

The time you've been waiting for is here! Tim and Scott are back with the first pre-season episode of Monday Madness leading up to Lent Madness XV. This week they talk about the bracket for this year's competition, including a never-before-announced special feature new and exclusive to this year!

If you are looking for the Saintly Scorecard, they have some bad news. Due to...reasons, the Saintly Scorecard is not available in printed form this year. However, in their gracious generosity, Scott and Tim are going to provide a digital scorecard soon. It will be FREE of charge. Stay tuned for details. The good news is that the giant bracket poster is still available! You can buy your own bracket poster to follow along in style. And you probably want to get one for your church, your neighbors, and those nice people who sit across the aisle from you in church but you forgot their names. Since they're cheap, buy several!

And speaking of stuff to buy, Forward Movement, the proud sponsor of Lent Madness, are once again selling "Join the Journey through Lent," a colorable Lenten calendar poster. This fun calendar takes you through the season of Lent with suggestions for reflections and activities each day of Lent. You can color in your own calendar, so it's fun for all ages. (And there's an Easter one, too!) Buy yours right away, because they're likely to sell out.

With only thirty shopping days until Lent, you're going to want to get busy with suitably penitential gift items. And keep watch for the digital scorecard so you can study up on the saints. Meanwhile, we suggest a couple of excellent sources of information on the saints (first one and second one).


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