A verger is a lay minister within the church who assists the clergy in the conduct of public worship. The office of Verger dates back to the Middle Ages when the Verger was the “Protector of the Procession”. He led the Procession into the Church, clearing the way for the procession and protecting it from vagabonds and animals that tried to attack it. Today, in many churches, as at Trinity, a verger ceremonially leads the procession. He/she wears vestments and carries a “virge” (staff of office) to point the way for the procession.