Handmaiden Report January 2013
We had some changes in 2012 with the Bishop’s controversial end to our tradition. In spite of the unclear reasoning behind this and our opposition we have had to abide by his decision. Our duties as Handmaidens have therefore changed from holding the Communion cloth to preparing and handing out the blessed bread and wine (juice) after Communion. There are some advantages to this change since it allows younger and shorter girls to participate sooner than they could have before. We purchased 2 trays that hold the juice in tiny cups and a tray that fills the cups. We now have to keep a stock of grape juice for this purpose and prevent the coffee ladies from accidently serving it to the children after Liturgy. They are labeled but sometimes things get mixed up. I would like to have a signup sheet for the girls to see who would like to hold the bread and juice trays and then create some sort of schedule. We replaced some of the ropes on the bells that were frayed and will continue to replace them as they wear out. I think our bell ringing skills have improved during the time we have had them and I plan to teach some of the girls who attend Vespers regularly some patterns for that. I think the teens did a nice job training the Handmaidens for Holy Week services. They will train the girls again this year.