If you’re leading services in a church, synagogue, or other place of worship. Or leading the pledge of alliegance or some other situation of telling people to stand up.
“Please rise if you are able” can be a good thing to say.
Because some people can’t or shouldn’t stand. And it’s good to…
Thanks for saying this. I was at a funeral for a disability rights activist. Many of those who attended were wheelchair users, and the officiating priest still said, “ALL RISE!” It really left a bad impression.
I really like any variation of “please rise if you are able” and have noticed in recent experiences that some places have it as common practice.
Also, don’t assume you know who can/should stand by looking. Not everyone who needs to remain seated through a service is a wheelchair user.