Lent Madness 2019
Sure, you know about St. Stephen the Martyr, St. Joan of Arc, and maybe even St. Augustine of Hippo. But did you know there was a St. Augustine of Canterbury? Or that Florence Nightingale is regarded as a saint by the Episcopal Church? You would if you had played Lent Madness in 2017.
“Lent Madness began in 2010 as the brainchild of the Rev. Tim Schenck. In seeking a fun, engaging way for people to learn about the men and women comprising the Church’s Calendar of Saints, Tim came up with this unique Lenten devotion. Combining his love of sports with his passion for the lives of the saints, Lent Madness was born. The format is straightforward: 32 saints are placed into a tournament-like single elimination bracket. Each pairing remains open for a set period of time and people vote for their favorite saint.” (From the Lent Madness website.)
The game is played online at the website: www.lentmadness.org, where instructions are given. One of the delights of the game is conferring with fellow players, either in the comment section or in real life. To provide even more help in learning about the contestants and deciding for whom to vote, Lent Madness publishes the Saintly Scorecard—a booklet with the biography of each saint as well as a collect for that saint’s day.
Ten copies of the booklet have been ordered and should arrive well before the contest begins on Ash Thursday (the day after Ash Wednesday). If you are interested in having one, please email Verdery Kassebaum at firstname.lastname@example.org
But hurry, four of them are already spoken for!