Lent Madness: Barbara vs. Thomas Ken

March 11, 2015 § 2 Comments

Lent Madness 2015

Bernard Mizeki prevailed over Margaret of Antioch, the Lent Madness site, 57% to 43%, and on the St. Luke’s blog Margaret of Antioch killed it winning 62.5% over Bernard’s 37.5%.

Today’s match up is Barbara vs. Thomas Ken. Yes, that’s right…between Barbie and Ken!

Remember: vote at Lent Madness here AND ALSO below the saint bios here so we see how the readers of the St. Luke in the Fields blog compare! Results of this match up will be reported the next day.


Barbara is one of the fourteen Auxiliary Saints. Her story is difficult to reconstruct due to inconsistencies and obvious embellishments. She maintains her place on the Roman Catholic and Anglican lists of saints.

Barbara was born in the third century in either Heliopolis in Syria (or possibly in modern-day Egypt) or Nicomedia in Asia Minor (modern-day Turkey) to a wealthy pagan family. After the death of Barbara’s mother, her father was worried for her safety so he built a large tower to protect her and her virginity.

A traveling physician introduced Barbara to Christianity during one of her father’s extended absences. She believed the message and was baptized. While her father was away, she hired workmen to construct a third window in her tower to represent the Trinity. She also used her finger to etch a cross upon the wall.….Read more here.

LMThomasKen-202x300Thomas Ken

Born in 1637 and ordained in 1661, Thomas Ken was a bishop, hymn writer, author, royal chaplain to Charles II of England, and one of seven bishops who (in 1688) opposed James II’s Declaration of Indulgence, which was designed to promote Roman Catholicism.

In 1663 Ken became rector of Little Easton, Essex, then rector of East Woodhay, Hampshire, and presbyter of Winchester in 1669. He published A Manual of Prayers foruse at Winchester College in 1674.

Perhaps no story sums up the moxie of Thomas Ken as Royal Chaplain more than an exchange he had with King Charles II.Read more here.

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§ 2 Responses to Lent Madness: Barbara vs. Thomas Ken

  • Tony Irwin says:

    Tough one. I was in the Army in 69 in an artillery unit briefly at Ft. Bragg before moving to JAG and Barbara is the patron saint of the artillery. However even though one of my ancestors was hanged, drawn and quartered at Charing Cross after the restoration (he had been one of the members of parliament to have condemned Charles I to death), have to go with the Rev. Mr. Ken.

  • Aaron Miner says:

    I can’t believe I just voted against Chango.

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