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St. Basil's Orthodox Church is a Christian community of people from various ethnic and social backgrounds sharing a common commitment to the Lord, each other, and the Apostolic Faith. We warmly welcome all families, couples, and individuals who are looking for a deeper experience of the salvation offered in Jesus Christ. Come and see!

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Yolka 2014

Sunday, December 14th was an especially joyful day at St. Basil’s!

Following Divine Liturgy, parishioners, their families and friends gathered to celebrate our annual Yolka.

We are grateful to all who worked together to make it such an enjoyable time for everyone! After a delicious meal, the children of the parish performed a play called, “The Friendly Beasts”. Children played the roles of Mary and Joseph, as well as shepherds, angels and wise men -- acting out the Nativity account as recorded in the Gospels of St. Matthew and St. Luke. Then each of the “friendly beasts” sang of the gifts they offered to Jesus that morning in Bethlehem.

Little voices singing “O, who loves Nicholas the saintly….”were joined in song by everyone, welcoming the long awaited visit by St. Nicholas!

Christ is Born! Glorify Him!

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His Grace Bishop Michael to join us in celebration of our Parish Feast Day!

January 1st is the Feast of St. Basil the Great, patron saint of our parish. Each year on this day, we have been blessed with a visit by our beloved Bishop Michael. With God’s grace, he plans to be with us again this year!

Vespers will be served on the eve of the Feast, Wed. December 31st .   Divine Liturgy on Thursday, January 1st. In addition, Bishop Michael will celebrate Divine Liturgy at St. Basil’s on Sunday, January 4th.

Let us all worship together and give thanks to God for the blessings He has bestowed on us!

Please watch for further information in our bulletin and on our website.

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Healing Service Friday December 26th at 7:00 pm. The public is invited.

Sunday December 14th - Yolka - After Divine Liturgy.

2014 Bowling Tournamet - 11/08/14

2014 Upper New York State District Junior Convention and Bowling Tournament

 Saturday, November 8th was a day of fun and fellowship for many of our young families!  Our thanks to Jr.R Club, Cohoes and their Chapter Advisor Steve Melnick for inviting us to participate!

We were able to observe the junior leaders in action, conducting their annual meeting.  We also enjoyed lunch -- then met at the Cohoes Bowling Arena for a few games -- complete with disco music and special lighting!  Bumpers on the lanes allowed even our youngest to have a great time! 

Families returned to St. Nicholas Church for games, awarding of trophies, dinner and Vespers.

St. Basil's was awarded a trophy for having the most children participate! The children have it on display in the Church School. 

Thanks to all the families who participated in this event -- as well as to the people of St.Nicholas, Cohoes for their hospitality -- organizing the day and preparing the delicious meals.

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Couple's Dinner

Couple's Dinner Hosted by Fr. Peter

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Celebration of Sunday Orthodoxy
Celebration of Sunday of Orthodoxy
On the first Sunday of Great Lent, St. Basil’s Orthodox Church, Watervliet, NY, had the privilege of hosting the Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers.  Each year on the Sundays of Great Lent, the St. Andrew’s Brotherhood Clergy of the Greater Capital District, under the leadership of Archpriest Igor Burdikoff, gathers to serve Sunday Vespers at the various Orthodox churches in the area. 
Participating clergy and faithful from the greater capital district extending from the Albany area, south to Hudson, NY, north to South Glens Falls, NY, and east to Pittsfield, MA., attended this service.
Father Theodore Roupas, pastor of St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Schenectady, gave an inspiring and moving homily as he spoke about icons, our need to be rooted in the Orthodox Faith and our call to witness to the Truth.
After the service everyone gathered together for fellowship and a Lenten meal in the Church Center.


St. Tikhon's visit to St. Basil's - 02/23/14

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Church School YOLKA - Sunday December 14th



Upcoming Services

Wednesday - December 10
6:00 pm - Parish Council
Meeting. All parishioners in good
standing invited and encouraged to

Friday - December 12
6:00 pm - Vespers with Blessing
of Loaves. Confession. 

Saturday - December 13 - Repose of
Ven. Herman of Alaska
8:40 am - Hours and Divine
5:00 pm - Panikhida
5:30 pm - Great Vespers.

Sunday - December 14 - Virgin Martyr
Juliana and her Companions
9:10 am - Hours and Divine
Liturgy. Yolka. 

Friday - December 19
6:00 pm - Vespers

Saturday - December 20 - Saturday
Before the Nativity. Icon “Rescue of
the Drowning.”
8:40 am - Hours and Divine
5:30 pm - Great Vespers 

Sunday - December 21 - Sunday Before
the Nativity
9:10 am - Hours and Divine

Wednesday - December 24 - Eve of the
9:30 am - Vespers with the Liturgy
of St. Basil the Great. (Be prepared - this
is a lengthy service with eight readings)
5:00 pm - Vigil. Compline and
Matins, followed by carols. Blessing of

Thursday - December 25 - NATIVITY
9:40 am - Hours and Divine

Friday - December 26
7:00 pm - Healing Service

Saturday - December 27 - Protomartyr
8:40 am - Hours and Divine
5:00 pm - Panikhida
5:30 pm - Great Vespers.




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St. Basil Orthodox Church
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