Lent Madness: The Round of the Elate Eight

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.


2 Comments on “Lent Madness: The Round of the Elate Eight”

  1. You’re killing me with the Theresa v. Hildegard smackdown. I’m really going to have to go into discernment prayer mode.

  2. Scott Gunn says:

    Meredith, Hildegard is going to mop up Theresa. H has got eco-chant theme music.

    I’m going to have to make a hard choice between the Golden Tongued and the Country Parson…

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