Jim Bass, pastor of Mission Bend UMC in Houston, has found a church Chad whose story reminds him of the Florida chads.Bass
had heard a brief mention on a Fox television news program that the patron saint of disputed elections is St. Chad.
"According to tradition," Bass
told colleagues in an Internet discussion group for Methodist clergy in Texas, "Chad replied [to the archbishop of Canterbury], ‘If you decide that I have not rightly received the episcopal character, I willingly lay down the office; for I have never thought myself worthy of it, but under obedience, I, though unworthy, consented to undertake it.' " As a reward for his humility, the archbishop later made Chad bishop of Lichfield
found a prayer for the feast of St. Chad, which reads in part, "Almighty God, whose servant Chad, for the peace of the Church relinquished cheerfully the honors that had been thrust upon him, only to be rewarded with equal responsibility: Keep us, we pray, from thinking of ourselves more highly than we ought to think, and ready at all times to step aside for others (in honor preferring one another)."