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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

Saturday - February 21 

                5:30 pm - Great Vespers 

Cheese-fare (Forgiveness) Sunday - February 22 - Finding of the relics of  Martyrs in Eugenios.

             9:10 am - Hours, Divine Liturgy and Forgiveness Vespers.  No class.     

Beginning of Lent 

Clean Monday - February 23

              6:00 pm - Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete.  Confession. 

Clean Tuesday - February 24

              6:00 pm - Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete.  Confession. 

Clean Wednesday - February 25

              5:30 pm - Confession

              6:00 pm - Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts 

Clean Thursday - February 26

               6:00 pm - Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete.  Confession. 

Clean Friday - February 27

               6:00 pm - Akathist to the Mother of God. 

Saturday - February 28 - The miracle of kollyva by St. Theodore of Tyro.

                8:40 am - Hours and Divine Liturgy with commemoration of the departed.

                5:30 pm - Great Vespers. 

Sunday - March 1 - 1st Sunday of Lent - of Orthodoxy - Martyr Eudokia, David of Wales

9:10 am - Hours, St. Basil’s Divine Liturgy. Church school and coffee hour.

5:00 pm - Mission Vespers at St. Basil’s, Watervliet.



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