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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.

Sunday's Bulletin 

4th Sunday of Lent - of St. John Climacus - March 22 - Martyr Drosis.  Martyrs Kalliniki  & Vasilisa

                9:10 am - Hours and Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great.  Church school.

                5:00 pm - Mission vespers at St. George’s in South Glens Falls 

Tuesday - March 24

                6:00 pm - Great Compline with Blessing of Loaves.  Confession. 

Wednesday - March 25 - Annunciation of the Theotokos

                9:00 am - Vespers and Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom 

Thursday - March 26

                11:00 am - Funeral for Mary Volk Payne at Parker Bros.              

Friday - March 27

                 6:00 pm - Akathist to the Mother of God and Small Compline.  Confession

Saturday - March 28 - Visit of St. Tikhon’s Seminary Choir

                 5:30 pm - Great Vespers             


5th Sunday of Lent - of St. Mary of Egypt - March 29 - Visit of St. Tikhon’s Seminary Choir

              9:10 am - Hours and Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great.  Church school.  Pot-luck luncheon.

              5:00 pm - Mission vespers at St. George’s in Albany                                                 


    •       Mar 22: St. George's in South Glens Falls

    •       Mar 29: St. George's in Albany

    •       Apr 5: New Skete Monastery

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