Lent Madness: The Round of the Elate EightPosted: March 19, 2010
With Hildegard of Bingen’s defeat of Stephen (55% to 45%), the Round of the Saintly Sixteen has concluded. On to the Elate Eight! The upcoming match-ups are below. Here’s the updated tournament bracket: Lent Madness 2010
Aelred vs Francis of Assisi
Julian of Norwich vs. Peter
Theresa of Avila vs. Hildegard of Bingen
George Herbert vs. John Chrysostom
Lots of intrigue, heart pounding action and, in some cases, heartbreaking choices to be made. But that’s Lent Madness at its best. May the “best” saints win to secure a coveted birth in the Final Four.
As we’ve gone deeper into the tournament, we’re even seeing some partisans make pleas on behalf of their favorite saints. The Rev. Scott Gunn over at Seven Whole Days is actively campaigning for George Herbert; The Rev. Neil Alan Willard at Laughing Water helped fuel a last ditch effort on behalf of Stephen that fell just short; and Meredith Gould has been pushing various (women!) saints via Twitter.
It’s only going to get uglier, my friends. But in a holy way.