Just before the priest reads the Gospel, he stands up, walks to pick up the Gospel book, and carries it over to the ambo. Also, the choir/cantor begins to sing “Alleluia.” These things usually happen almost simultaneously and everyone stands up. However, once in a while these things don’t happen at the same time. For example, I’ve seen cases where the choir begins to sing but the priest stays seated for may be 15 seconds. I’ve also seen the priest get up before the choir sings, or may be the Alleluia isn’t sung at all. I’ve also seen this cause a mini-confusion among the congregation. Some people stand earlier than the others and then they look self-conscious because not everyone is standing yet. It’s not a big deal, but I’m curious.
So, when exactly should we stand for the Gospel reading?