Our New Church

Church of Our Saviour Oatlands Building Project begins!

November 2nd, 2014: Breaking Ground for the new Church of Our Saviour Oatlands

NEWS RELEASE. On November 2, 2014, the Anglican Church of Our Saviour at Oatlands held a ground-breaking ceremony for its new church building to be built at 20138 James Madison Highway, Leesburg, just north of the Oatlands Plantation on Route 15. Work on the preparation of the site for the new building is to commence later this month, pursuant to plans previously approved by Loudoun County. The new building, to be completed in early 2016, is about two miles north of the present historic church building, also located on Route 15 at the Goose Creek Bridge. The Church of Our Saviour at Oatlands is one of the oldest churches in Loudoun County, dating from 1876.
After the church’s regular 9:30 a.m. Sunday service at its old building, the Congregation gathered at the new site for the groundbreaking ceremony. The church’s Rector, the Reverend James Basinger, led the Congregation in prayer before turning the ceremonial first spadeful of dirt. Mr. Basinger notes that the church is especially thankful to have found a beautiful new building site so close to its present location and so well located for future church growth.
The Church of Our Saviour at Oatlands is a traditional Anglican church adhering to biblical Christianity and the liturgy of the 1928 Book of Common Prayer. All are welcome and invited to services each Sunday at 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.
Further inquiries should be directed to the Reverend James Basinger at 703-777-1035.

How to Address a Clergyman

How to Address a Clergyman

— Rev'd Elijah White

I’m often asked how to address, introduce, or begin a letter to a clergyman.
All will be well, and easy, if we remember that ‘reverend’ is an adjective, not a noun, so that saying ‘Reverend White’ is precisely the same as addressing or referring to our long-time member Judge Dean Worcester as ‘Honorable Worcester.’  We don’t say “Hello, Honorable Worcester” nor “Meet Honorable Worcester” nor begin a letter “Dear Honorable Worcester.”

We can begin a letter “Dear Judge Worcester” or “Dear Mister White” – we can introduce “The Reverend Elijah White,” “The Reverend Mister White” or “The Honorable Dean Worcester” – but there is no such entity as “Reverend White” nor “Honorable Worcester.”

Mister, Doctor, Pastor, Father, Judge, Senator, Congressman, Delegate, Deputy, President, Secretary, Miss or Mrs. (both abbreviations of the same word, Mistress) are all nouns which we already know how to use appropriately – reverend and honorable are adjectives always dependent as modifiers of a following noun and therefore of limited utility.  

Ignorant misunderstanding of this leads to such horrors as “Is the Reverend there?”