Welcome! It is always an honor and a privilege when we have visitors worship with us at St. Basil’s. Please consider filling out a “Visitor’s Card” at the Candle Desk and joining us for Coffee Hour after the liturgy. Please keep in mind that we have certain traditions and practices that perhaps you may not be accustomed to. For example, modest and proper attire should be worn. We do not practice so-called "Eucharistic hospitality" or "inter-Communion." Only Baptized Orthodox Christians who have been to Holy Confession recently may receive Holy Communion. If you are an Orthodox visitor and plan to receive Holy Communion, please call Fr. Peter ahead of time (518-273-6262). All worshippers must wear a face mask in church and in the Church Hall. Children two years old and younger are not required to wear a face mask. Face shields and bandanas do not fulfill the requirement of wearing a face mask. The nose must also be covered. Thank you!
All Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals must be scheduled ahead of time with Fr. Peter. Not all days and times are permitted. All canonical, traditional and liturgical practices of the Church must be followed and adhered to. Normally sacraments are scheduled only by Baptized Orthodox Christians who go to church, go to Confession and receive Holy Communion on a regular basis. All Baptisms must be discussed with the parents of the child ahead of time. Please call Fr. Peter if you are interested in scheduling a sacrament (518-273-6262). Thank you!
Letter from Archbishop Michael on mask wearing
Prot. No. 01-006/2021 December 17, 2021
Beloved Members of our Diocesan Family: Christ is in our midst! – He is and ever shall be!
As we approach the great feasts of Our Lord’s Birth and His Baptism, amidst the beauty and joy of the comingseason, we face also the grim news of staggering figures throughout the counties of New York State:
There has been a 58% increase in COVID-19 cases in New York State since Thanksgiving.
We have seen a 92% increase in hospitalizations in New York State since last month.
The uncertainty as to the effect of vaccines against the Omicron variant, and the speed of spread
and the severity of the Omicron variant, remain unknown.
In our Diocese, we have not mandated that all parishioners must be vaccinated. We respect the privacy of all; and we have not asked anyone whether or not they have received the vaccine.
It is my sincerest desire that our faithful will come to Church Services during the Nativity and Theophany season, and feel as safe as possible. It is my goal to minimize, to the greatest extent possible, the risk that anyone coming to the services will contract the virus, become hospitalized ... or worse.
Therefore, I am urging all parishioners in our New York State parishes, whether or not they have been vaccinated, to wear masks in church during the weeks ahead, unless age or the advice of your medical provider precludes the wearing of a mask, until the numbers of COVID cases and hospitalizations come down.
IaskforyourunderstandingthatIhavemadethisdecisioninthemidstofamostdifficultenvironment. Everyone is tired of COVID restrictions; everyone wants to go back to a “normal” lifestyle. No matter what decision is made, someone is sure to be unhappy.
I realize that masks alone will not bring an end to the pandemic. However, I would rather we wear them, andlearn that we didn’t need to ... than not wear them, and learn that someone became ill, or had to be admitted to the hospital, or worse, because we did not make a temporary sacrifice for the sake of the health and safety of our brothers and sisters.
Again, as your father in Christ, I sincerely beg you to recognize that the “vaccinated” or “unvaccinated” status of anyone, or the views of any individual or group regarding these COVID Guidelines, are not, and are not to become, a source of division, criticism, or indiscriminate discussion in the Church. The Church is a hospital, where health and healing are valued goals for everyone. Respect, love, and support are essential tools of Christian service in furthering those goals for every member of the parish family.
Any questions or concerns regarding these Directives should be conveyed to the Office of the Archbishop. Asking the prayers of all for everyone in our Diocesan Family,
Archbishop of New York and the Diocese of New York and New Jersey
Saint Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary has begun concluding its special year of celebration in honor of former dean and renowned theologian Protopresbyter Alexander Schmemann (September 13, 1921–December 13, 1983). The year 2021 marks the 100th anniversary of Fr Alexander's birth.
Today, on December 13, the date of Fr Alexander's remembrance in the Church, SVS shares with you another powerful, timeless message resurrected from archived recordings of Schmemann. In it, Fr Alexander speaks of two fundamental reductions of Christianity, which endure in our day, that obscure what is "horribly difficult"—but truly life-giving—about following Jesus Christ.
But as 2021 comes to a close, there is more to come as part of the "Year of Schmemann" celebrations. SVS will be posting the final Schmemann Speaks podcast episodes (now up to 14 episodes) of the year. The second volume of Fr Alexander's A Voice for Our Time: Radio Liberty Talks is forthcoming (release date TBA). Finally, SVS will be sending out details in the coming days about next month's annual Fr Alexander Schmemann Memorial Lecture.
May the memory of Protopresbyter Alexander Schmemann be eternal!
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!
His Eminence Archbishop Michael of NY and NJ
We encourage you to visit the official website of the Diocess of NY and NJ, www.nynjoca.org
It includes information about the Diocese, the Bishop’s schedule, “Lessons in Our Faith,” a series of highly recommended videos of instructional talks given by His Grace Archbishop Michael on matters of faith, belief, and the teachings of the Church, and the on-line edition of the Diocesan publication “Jacob’s Well.”
Capital District OCF meets every Tuesday evening at 7:30 pm at the home of Priest Matthew Markewich, 213 Sunset Ave, Ballston Spa NY 12020. Contact James Boffa at 862-485-9955 or Fr. Matthew Markewich at 518-212-7845 for further information. Everyone is welcome. Bring a friend! It is suggested that you call ahead before attending in case the location of a meeting is changed.