A verger is a committed lay minister within the Church, who assists the clergy in the conduct of public worship, especially in the marshaling of processions. The office of Verger has its roots in the earliest days of the Church's history. The contemporary office of Verger is experiencing a rapid expansion within the Episcopal Church, and the Verger's Guild at St. John's Cathedral sets the example for the Diocese of Florida. Our Vergers are volunteers with a special calling to the ordering and conduct of the Church's liturgy. Called to this ministry by invitation of the Dean, Vergers relieve the clergy of the burden of liturgical detail so that they can concentrate on their priestly duties to preach the Word and administer the Sacraments.