Protector of the Procession
The Office of Verger dates back to the Middle Ages when the Verger was the “protector of the Procession”. They lead the Procession into the Church or Cathedral, clearing the way for the Procession and protecting it form Vagabonds and animals that tried to attack it. Today, in many churches and cathedrals, you will see a Verger ceremonially leading the Procession. The Verger wears a gown and carries a Virge (staff of Office) to help clear the way, and point the way of the procession.