The young miss, her mother related, misses being an altar server. My new parish doesn’t have them, you see. The sacristan takes up most of the assisting role at the altar, and the priest holds his own sacramentary (or gets someone to hold it for him).
My wife is on the sacristan list, and when her assignment comes, the young miss assists happily with the “old” altar server duties. I didn’t push Brittany into being an altar server at our old parish, but I confess I was very proud when she did volunteer.
Mollie Wilson O’Reilly posts at dotCommonweal on girls serving. I was aware of news reports of the big gathering of altar server pilgrims. I knew the pope appeared and made comments. I wasn’t aware that girls, for the first time, outnumbered boys by a three-to-two margin on this pilgrimage, according to John Allen. Also not aware that most of the kids were from Germany. Or that L’Osservatore Romano added its thumbs-up.
So maybe there’s some hope after all in what otherwise has been a rather discouraging time for liturgy.