Javascript Menu by

Watervliet NY

Saint Basil’s Orthodox Church in Watervliet NY celebrated its Patronal Feast Day on 31 December and 1 January 2018 with the presence of Archbishop Michael for Great Vespers with the Blessing of Loaves and the Divine Liturgy of Saint Basil the Great. Children of the parish joyfully greeted Archbishop Michael, presenting him with flowers and receiving his blessing. As is customary on the Feast of Saint Basil, the blessing and distribution of the Vasilopita (Saint Basil’s Bread) took place following the Divine Liturgy.


The bread contains a single coin, and customarily the person who finds the coin in their portion is believed to receive a special blessing from Saint Basil. This year, the coin was received by Matushka Rebekah Markewich.


Several area clergy from Christ the Savior Church in Ballston Lake NY joined His Eminence and Archpriest Peter Olsen (parish rector) for the celebration, including: Archpriest Igor Burdikoff (Retired), Priest Matthew Markewich, and Deacon Paul Fedoroff. Also serving were Deacon Stephan Karlgut (Deacon to His Eminence), Sub-Deacon Jason Gagnon, Gregory Peters, John and Sean.


“In addition to the beautiful services and the joy of having Archbishop Michael with us, a delicious meal was prepared by generous parishioners and fellowship was enjoyed by everyone,” said Father Peter Olsen. “Thanks to God, and with the dedicated efforts of many, we were blessed with a most joyous Feast Day!”

Saint Basil's Day - 01/01/18

(12 images)

Share This:

< PreviousNext >
You might also like:

On the Diocesan Calendar


March 22, 2018

 NY State Deanery

 Clergy Lenten Retreat

 and Meeting

Saints Peter & Paul Church

Syracuse NY

10:00 am


March 25, 2018

   The Annunciation to

   the Holy Theotokos


April 1, 2018

Palm Sunday


April 8, 2018



   The Resurrection of

   Our Lord, God, and

   Savior, Jesus Christ


May 17, 2018

Feast-Day of the

Ascension of

Our Lord


May 27, 2018

   Holy Pentecost

The Descent of

the Holy Spirit


August 6, 2018

Feast-Day of the

Transgfiguration of

Our Lord


August 15, 2018

Feast-Day of the

Dormition of

the Theotokos


September 8, 2018

Feast-Day of the

Nativity of

the Theotokos


September 14, 2018

   The Exaltation of the

   Life-Creating Cross


November 21, 2018

Feast-Day of the

Entrance of the

Theotokos into

the Temple


December 25, 2018

  Feast Day of the

  Nativity of Our

  Lord, God, and Savior

  Jesus Christ


Diocese of New York-New Jersey; 33 Hewitt Avenue; Bronxville, NY 10708; 914-779-6580

Powered by Orthodox Web Solutions