Are you looking for a Lenten devotional that’s fun? That will teach you something? That your whole family, household or friend group can do together?

You’ve found it in Lent Madness: the annual offering from Forward Movement in which 32 saints are placed in single-elimination brackets, with members of the public voting daily, online, for one of each pair to advance. Saints may progress to the round of Saintly Sixteen, Elate Eight, and Faithful Four, until one receives the Golden Halo. Past winners include Mary Magdalene, Charles Wesley, Harriet Tubman, and Absalom Jones.

(Spoiler: we trust that every participant in Lent Madness has already received a golden halo, because they’re all saints of the church. But for the purposes of Lent Madness fun, only one candidate every year can receive the Golden Halo.)

I look forward to Lent Madness every year, and every year I learn a lot. If you try it, let me know what you think!

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