Christ the Savior-Holy Spirit Orthodox Church
Archpriest Steven C. Kostoff
4285 Ashland Ave, Cincinnati OH 45212 - (513) 351-0907
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On the Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee (Feb 5, this year) the Orthodox Church begins using the Lenten Triodion, the great service book which will guide us through Lent, all the way to the end of Holy Week and the Lord's Passion.

Each of the Pre-Lenten Sundays have their own unique lessons and themes to prepare us for the Great Fast, which leads us to Pascha, the Lord's Resurrection.

In our Great Lent section, we have special pages on the unique and deeply spiritual weekday services, including the Great Canon, the Presanctified Liturgy, and the Akathist Hymn, as well as special pages for each Sunday of Lent.

We invite you to explore our extensive Great Lent Resource Section, and join us for the Lenten services on our Journey to Pascha.



A Lenten retreat to Dormition Monstery in March, special area ministry opportunities, our Women's Book Club news, and our meeting schedule through May make for a vibrant and enriching season for our parish women. We hope you can join us!

Learn more on our St Katherine's Society page...





Our Photo Gallery page is updated with photos from Great Lent (updated throughout Lent), our Annual Parish Meeting, and the Feast of the Meeting of the Lord. Plus, explore our special sections for our Parish 40th Anniversary, our recent Fall Retreat with Fr Andrew Stephen Damick, and New MembersAll this and more, on our Photo Gallery page...


Work has begun on our church hall! Here are the improvements being made to the multi-purpose (main) room and stage:

  • expose the original ceiling
  • patch, prime, & paint the original ceiling
  • patch, prime, & paint the walls
  • install new suspended light fixtures from the ceiling
  • install new blown in fiberglass insulation (includes the stage)
  • install new HVAC system and associated electric and physical improvements

Detailed documents and updates related to this important project can be found on our Parish Corner (password protected).


SUBMIT PRAYER REQUESTS ONLINE - Our Ministries Page now has an easy to use Prayer Request Form, so you may place your prayer requests straight from our website. You can also use the form to have your email address added to our Prayer Chain.


Orthodox Q&A Forum - Use our special online form to ask your questions about the Orthodox Faith. Anonymous questions welcome!

ORTHODOX WORLD NEWS - Headline news from around the Orthodox world, plus daily podcasts on the saints and scriptures, updated via RSS Feed.



From Fr Steven:
"I thought to compile a list of more-or-less Orthodox "lenten classics" that you may want to draw from as this year's Great Lent approaches...

"Each book here is quite accessible. No dry theology, but a lively approach to God and the spiritual struggles that we all face; as well as deeply-pondered wisdom to guide us in our journey toward not only our annual Pascha celebration, but in our life-long journey to the Kingdom of God..."

Explore the list, with links to order online. Select titles available in our parish library...

Be sure to explore more of Fr Steven's Lenten Meditations...




Open enrollment for 2017 has been announced! Openings available for both residential and commuter students.

The Parish Farming School of Eucharistic Discipleship, is located in Norwood, Ohio, and explores — from within the framework of the Christian tradition — some of the biological, ecological, economic, cultural, and theological realities that shape our understanding of what it means to bear the image of the triune God in post-industrial America.  


This residential internship offers an integrated learning experience, as we study, work, make meals, pray, feast, fast, laugh, and learn together.


Application deadline for 2017 internships is March 20, 2017, with classes beginning May 2 and continuing through November 21, 2017.

Learn more and apply at the PFS website...

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This year St James Antiochian Orthodox Church is hosting Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers in the Cincinnati area. Last year our parish had a strong turnout, with Fr Steven giving the homily, and several choir members joining the pan-Orthodox choir. Kurt Sander will be directing the choir again this year.



"Counting myself and our parish children who were present, we had eighteen parishioners in attendance yesterday at the Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers at St. James Antiochian Orthodox Church. I believe that that was the most from a visiting parish. We had a fine Vespers service, followed by some real Jordanian hospitality with a most delicious Middle Eastern lenten meal enjoyed by one and all.

"Early in the day, we had our own parish Icon procession with our Church School students carrying icons following the Liturgy."



We are pleased to have hosted noted author and speaker, Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick, for our recent Autumn Retreat. Fr Andrew delivered two talks on 'The Church In & After the Scriptures', on October 21 & 22, 2016.

Audio and Photos now posted...


PARISH CALENDAR SYNC — NEVER MISS ANOTHER SERVICE OR EVENT! — This is a wonderful feature of our website, as once you sync our calendar to your iPhone, iPad, Android device, PC or Mac, it will automatically update as we post our parish schedule on our pop-up calendar. Just use the provided sync buttons to enable. Our calendar is featured on our Home page and our Schedule page. Learn more here.


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