- Jan 22, 2006
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I have no idea if this particular phenomenon is just in Episcopalian churches here in the USA or not. Growing up Lutheran, whenever the Gospel was read, regardless of whether it was a Vespers, a Matins, a Liturgy with or without communion, we stood. The school where I teach used to be an Episcopal Church though that connection was severed back in the 1970s. Despite that, we still retain a chaplain and have a chapel service every Tuesday though it is a very non-denominational, very watered down service of any kind. We always have a reading from the Scripture. Regardless of whether it is from the OT, the Epistles, or the Gospel, we are instructed by the priest to sit. I asked him why and he said that you only rise for the Gospel during a Eucharistic celebration. I found this quite odd. Is this really the standard?