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Parish Background

St. Basil's parish celebrated it’s 100th Anniversary in 2001. The parish was formed from a group of people from the Sub Carpatho-Russian province of Galicia who had settled in the Maplewood area, Town of Colonie near Albany, NY. The church was established by 19 men, inspired by Father (now Saint) Alexander Hotovitsky, who helped organize parishes all along the east coast. In January 1901, the Brotherhood of St. Basil the Great was formed and His Grace, Bishop Tikhon of the Aleutians and North America blessed the members of the Brotherhood to construct a church building.

The cornerstone was laid and blessed by Father Alexander Hotovitsky on November 21, 1901. Father Alexander traveled from New York City to conduct liturgical services for the people of St. Basil's.

The congregation continued to grow and a new, larger church became necessary and was blessed by Metropolitan Theophilus in September 1945.  Many of the parishioners lived in the Maplewood area surrounding the church.

This church building remains to this day and has been the site of countless Sacraments and Blessings to the many generations of St. Basil's parish.  An excellent choir under the directorship of Michael Mellin sings for all services.

Upcoming Events

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
6 Lansing Avenue
Watervliet, New York 12189