Vergering confirmations and ordinations at our cathedral are two of my favorite things. Last Saturday I was privileged and delighted to be a part of the verger team helping with the confirmation, by five bishops (including Bishop Eastman, a former rector of St. Alban’s) of over 150 people from throughout the Diocese of Washington, including two from St. Alban’s – Miss Gabrielle Bouvier and Miss Sophia Higgins. Organizing the entrance procession is where the involvement of a corps of vergers is most important. Vergers bring order out of what would otherwise be certain chaos and just milling about, with uncertainty and anxiety on the part of the participants. It helps make being at the Cathedral, which for many might be their first time, a comfortable rather than an intimidating and overwhelming experience. Assisting the confirming bishop at the moment of confirmation and in the administration of communion is equally moving. I find the services of confirmation and ordination the church at its best and feel deeply honored to be able to participate in them in this way.
I close with the bishop’s concluding prayer. “Almighty and everliving God, let your fatherly hand ever be over these your servants; let you Holy Spirit ever be with them; and so lead them in the knowledge and obedience of your Word, that they may serve you in this life, and dwell with you in the life to come; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”
Ron Hicks, Parish Verger, St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, Washington DC, 19-May-2015.