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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!

All college students are invited to join the capital district OCF.  You do not have to be Orthodox!  Everyone in college is invited to join and participate.  We welcome everyone.  Please contact Fr. Matthew Markewich (518-212-7845) or Daria Sidoruk, (631-935-3454) if you are interested.  Location of meetings:  Holy Nativity Russian Orthodox Church, 6 Sandcreek Road, Colonie, NY.

His Eminence Archbishop Michael visited St Basil's Orthodox Church in Maplewood, NY for Vespers on December 31, 2016 and for the Hierarchal Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great on January 1, 2017.  The parish Feast Day celebration included the blessing and cutting of the Vasilopita (St. Basil's bread).   A pot-luck and a question-and-answer period with the children and the Archbishop was held in the Church Center immediately following the Divine Liturgy.


Diocesan Year in Review 2016


  • Feb 26, Forgiveness Vespers: St. George's in Schenectady
  • Mar 5, Sunday of Orthodoxy: St. Basil's in Watervliet
  • Mar 12, St. Gregory Palamas: St. Basil's in Troy
  • Mar 19, Holy Cross: Christ the Savior in Ballston SpA
  • Mar 26, St. John of the Ladder: St. Nicholas in Pittsfield, MA
  • Apr 2, St. Mary of Egypt: St. George's in South Glens Falls
  • Apr 9, Palm Sunday: New Skete Monastery

    Each service takes place at 5 pm.   Hieromonk Herman Majkrzak of St. Tikhon's Monastery will be the homilist for the Sunday of Orthodoxy.  Fr. Herman will be bringing with him the Myrrh-streaming icon of St. Anna which is kept at St. Tikhon's Monastery.





Fr. Peter Olsen, Rector

Contact:  Rectory:  518-273-6262  Cell:  518-926-9825  e-mail:



  • March 12 - Sun. - Schuylerville, Spiegeltown, Melrose, Schaghticoke

Please contact Fr. Peter (518-273-6262 or 518-926-9825) if you need to schedule a make-up day.  Thank you!

Our Diocesan Video

Our video (14 minutes long) presented at the recently concluded 18th All-American Council is available for viewing on the diocesan website. It may also be accessed here:


Ancient Faith Radio
Orthodoxy in America

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Saturday, February 25th
5:30 Great Vespers.  Holy Confession
Sunday, February 26th
Forgiveness Sunday
Cheesefare Sunday
Last day that dairy products are eaten before Pascha

9:10 am - Hours and Divine Liturgy immediately followed by Forgiveness Sunday Vespers.  Coffee Hour.
No class
5:00 pm - Pan-Orthodox Lenten vespers and coffee hour hosted by St. George G.O. Church in Schenectady
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To make a donation to our church, please send your check to:

St. Basil Orthodox Church
6 Lansing Avenue
Watervliet, New York 12189