The judge did rule from the bench yesterday, including denying the motion for partial reconsideration as well as officially setting the date to turn over all the properties to the Diocese of Virginia by April 30. He also ruled that the churches may keep their names, but should remove "Episcopal" and "Episcopalian." Anglican will be used instead. Though the court met from 10:00 a.m. until nearly 7:30 p.m. yesterday, Judge Bellows decided to reconvene at 2:00 p.m. today at the Fairfax Court House for the signing of the Final Order. This continues to be a very good time to pray, especially as both sides work together to prepare the Final Order.
The Rev. John Yates, rector of The Falls Church said last night tonight, "We remain prayerful and confident that God is guiding us in this process and look forward to reviewing the final order and understanding its implications for all of us."