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.