We are getting ready for our annual family Easter Egg Hunt here in Willow Glen (San Jose, California): tidying the garden, coordinating schedules with guests and family, thinking about menus and decorations. This Lent (the forty days before Easter), I am also enjoying the unique Episcopal devotion called Lent Madness:
|.||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 on his blog “Clergy Family Confidential.”
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. 16 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 first round consists of basic biographical information about each of the 32 saints. Things get a bit more interesting in the subsequent rounds as we offer quotes and quirks, explore legends, and even move into the area of saintly kitsch.
Today’s contest is “Hilda of Whitby vs. Harriet Tubman“. It sounds silly and it is (but I am also learning more than I ever knew about the inspiring lives of 32 men and women who have given their lives to the service of God).
My flowers in full bloom for Easter:
Images Copyright 2013 by Katy Dickinson