What To Do With Your Liturgical Feet?

I noticed it at yesterday’s wedding. The lector came up to do the first reading, but she was clearly nervous about it. Her left calf was crossed behind her right, with just the toe touching the platform. Good thing she was holding on to the ambo. The same woman came back up for reading number two, and just for balance, she crossed her right foot behind the left.

With weddings, funerals, and similar occasions, it’s often enough to get people to read the Scriptures at something less than breakneck speed. When I train regular parish lectors, I do ask them to attend to their posture. Placing one’s feet is part of that. And you musicians out there know that posture, including foot placement, is vital for a singer to consider.

When I worked with kids in the parish school, I would tell them to bring an “attitude” with them to read the Lectionary. Plant those feet firmly and grip the sides of the ambo like you belong there. Catholic students respond pretty well to that. Adults maybe less so. What advice would you pass on as far as foot placement? Also shoewear. Everybody’s game: priests, lectors, singers, Communion ministers or even your own stories.


About catholicsensibility

Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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2 Responses to What To Do With Your Liturgical Feet?

  1. Eb Hurley says:

    Body weight should be on the balls of the feet with heels slightly touching the floor, knees are not locked, feet are spaced to be directly under the shoulders (about 10″), weight is evenly distributed on both feet – not favoring one foot or another, shoulders are relaxed and down. This aligns the skeletal system and frees the diaphragm for proper breathing. Before reading it helps to loosen up the neck and shoulders with passive movement. I believe I am called to proclaim the Word, and was well trained.

  2. Jimmy Mac says:

    Put on those red pumps and dance, dance, dance! Skip the leotards, though.

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