The excitement kicks-off on Sunday, February 12th at 9:15 a.m. in the Community Room. Join us to learn more and be part of the "Madness" this Lent!!
Enter your pick for the Golden Halo by March 1st, Ash Wednesday, and you could win a gift certificate from our Wonderful Bookshop! And a Lent Madness mug! The Golden Box will be in the Community Room.
Saint Marks will have it own teams of Saintly Cheerleaders, helping us all discover more about saints ancient and modern, Biblical and ecclesiastical. 2017 heavyweights include Joan of Arc, Martin Luther, Florence Nightingale, Stephen the Martyr, and Sarah the Matriarch. It also includes several intriguing matchups including Augustine of Hippo vs. Augustine of Canterbury (All-Augustine Anarchy); Fanny Crosby vs. G.F. Handel (Battle of the Bands); and Joseph Schereschewsky vs. Nikolaus von Zinzendorf (Clash of the Consonants).
With its unique blend of competition, learning, and humor, Lent Madness allows participants to be inspired by the ways in which God has worked through the lives of saintly souls across generations and cultures.
There are no saints of the status quo. That is, every saint we remember is known for their advocacy of the vulnerable or for calling people to transformed lives or for prophetically calling the church to return to its Gospel life. To celebrate the saints is to celebrate rocking the boat. To celebrate the saints is to discover that God works for justice through people like you and me.
(Scott Gunn, Executive Director Forward Movement)
You can also participate online with a worldwide community by going to www.lentmadness.org . On the weekdays of Lent, information is posted at about two different saints. Each pairing remains open for 24 hours as participants read about and then vote to determine which saint moves on to the next round. Sixteen saints make it to the Round of the Saintly Sixteen; eight advance to the Round of the Elate Eight; four make it to the Faithful Four; two to the Championship; and the winner is awarded the coveted Golden Halo.
The full bracket is online at the Lent Madness website and on the wall in the Community Room. While not necessary to participate, you can pick up a Saintly Scorecard: The Definitive Guide to Lent Madness 2017 at Saint Mark's. This companion guide includes biographies of all 32 saints, a full-color bracket, information about how to fully participate, and a series of Pocket Lent trading cards.
If you're looking for a Lenten discipline that is fun, educational, occasionally goofy, and always joyful, join the Lent Madness journey. Lent needn't be all doom and gloom. After all, what could be more joyful than a season specifically set aside to get closer to Jesus Christ?