I'd be curious to know if any of the Eastern Catholic readers on this site were tonsured with slightly different ceremonial. Also, how universal is the wearing of the cassock by readers in the UGCC and Ruthenian church these days?
Christ is born, glorify him!
I'm not a Reader nor UGCC or Ruthenian Church,
, but we do have a tonsured Reader in our Russian Greek Catholic parish. He's our choir director and he does wear his cassock.
My only experience being present for this service was in the local Greek Orthodox proto Cathedral. The tonsure was done at or after Vespers. (I don't remember precisely. We didn't know it was going to happen to our friend and were taken by joyous surprise!) I've been told it is normally done in connection with Vespers in the Russian Church as well. I hope to be present when we do have one or two of our men tonsured as Readers since the request for that is in the works.
I'm sorry you didn't tell us in April 2010 but glad you've shared it now! May your serving as Reader continue to be a blessing to your Church.