Lent Madness Final: The Battle for the Golden HaloPosted: March 27, 2010
It’s all come down to this. Julian of Norwich vs. George Herbert. A saintly heavyweight vs. a holy cinderella. 14th century English mystic vs. 17th century English priest and poet. Come to think of it, this match could take place on the hallowed grass of the All England Club. But it doesn’t. It takes place right here, right now.
And the outcome is up to you. No pressure though — it’s not like the entire world is watching. Just most of it. At stake? The Golden Halo and the opportunity to legitimately claim the title “Holier Than Thou.”
To get to the championship of Lent Madness, Julian vanquished Absalom Jones, Benedict, Peter, and Francis. George battled past Aidan, Joseph, John Chrysostom, and Theresa of Avila. This last contest was particularly fierce with partisans cropping up on both sides. Leading the charge for Herbert was one Scott Gunn, priest of Rhode Island, blogger at Seven Whole Days, and the Lee Atwater of Lent Madness. Theresa’s boosters included Laura Toepfer, priest/blogger at The Infusion. We’ll see just how nasty the championship gets.
At this point, those who have followed Lent Madness from Round One are familiar with these two saints. I see no need to repeat their histories. That’s why God in vented Google. But, for the sake of prayerful discernment, I’ll include their respective collects:
Julian of Norwich: Lord God, in your compassion you granted to the Lady Julian many revelations of your nurturing and sustaining love: Move our hearts, like hers, to seek you above all things, for in giving us yourself you give us all; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
George Herbert: Our God and King, who called your servant George Herbert from the pursuit of worldly honors to be a pastor of souls, a poet, and a priest in your temple: Give us grace, we pray, joyfully to perform the tasks you give us to do, knowing that nothing is menial or common that is done for your sake; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
And now I bid you to VOTE! The polls will remain open through early evening on Palm Sunday.