The Gorton Guild of Vergers at the Cathedral was founded in 2004. The verger is the lay assistant to the clergy and serves like a stage manager for worship services and other special services like funerals, confirmation and ordinations. The verger must be familiar with the layout of the church and, for any given Sunday, be able to organize the procession that takes place and keep track (and cue when necessary) lay persons involved with the service. A principal skill of the verger is to be able to fulfill any of the major service roles at a moments’ notice, including acolyte, usher, prayers of the people, scripture reading, or taking care of an altar need. The underlying principle of the role of the parish verger is to anticipate problems, and be ready to step into any role the service requires without hesitation or complaint.
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