There is strong historical evidence for the primacy of the Gospel, in processions and acts associated with its reading. The article explores the history of standing for the Gospel before and after the Reformation. One can argue for preserving diversity (stand or not). C of S congregations who re-institute standing (with the traditional understanding that the Gospels are 'the very Word of Christ') are being 'mischievous', since biblical study suggests otherwise.
Standing for the Gospel and other kindred matters
Volume 19 Autumn 1988, p11