Christ the Savior-Holy Spirit Orthodox Church
Archpriest Steven C. Kostoff
4285 Ashland Ave, Cincinnati OH 45212 - (513) 351-0907
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Announcing our Summer Bible Study, beginning on Wednesday, June 7!  Sounds very exciting to me as we will continue and complete what we began last summer - a study of the Gospel According to St. John.  We will take a careful look at  all of those lengthy discourses that we hear each year during Holy Week; and then the Passion and Resurrection narratives (JN. 12-21).

~ Fr. Steven




News & Events:

Helping the Neighbor -  Seven members of the St. Katherine's Society/Sisterhood served a meal at the City Gospel Mission this last Tuesday evening (June 6) for about a 100 persons - men, women and children.

Summer Book Club - Organized by St. Katherine's Society, the book to be read is Discerning the Signs of the Times by Elizabeth Behr-Sigel.  Discussion in August.  All are welcome! Order the book from SVS Press.




On the afternoon of Pentecost Sunday, June 4, several members of Christ the Savior-Holy Spirit participated in the annual 'Cross the Bridge for Life' event, dedicated to the Sanctity of Life at every stage.


From the event's desciption:

Sponsored by pro-life groups on both sides of the Ohio River, including the [Roman Catholic] Archdiocese of Cincinnati and the Diocese of Covington, this family friendly event features talks, live music by Easter Rising, children's activities, food, and a walk across the "Purple People Bridge" and back led by pipes and drums from the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus, and other organizations. Informational booths from pro-life organizations; free t-shirts. Site is the Newport Festival Grounds, directly below Newport on the Levee in Northern Kentucky. No protest, a peaceful celebration of life. Learn more and view extensive photo galleries on the official website...

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From Fr Steven:

"[On Thursday, June 22,] we had a Service of Intercessory Prayer during which we prayed for hundreds of persons by name, and for many we included their particular need - from a terrible illness to asking God for their health and wellness... The service itself was very moving, because we have to acknowledge that our prayer lists are often long chronicles of human suffering and need..."

Read Fr Steven's reflection, and download the Intercessory Prayer of St Paisios the Athonite here...


June 10, 2017 Our Photo Gallery page is now updated with images from May and June, including the Baptism of Madgalena Frasch, the installation of our Parish Council, the Blessing of our renovated Parish Hall, and the Great Feast of Pentecost.  All this and more, on our Photo Gallery page...



Time to re-stock the shelves!

We had a nice morning on Saturday (May 13) as we opened our pantry to twelve people. This has been the consistent amount of visitors, and though I hope more people can come over time, I am thankful to start getting to know the folks who have come consistently.

We have pretty bare shelves in our pantry. Here is a list of the items we need to replenish, with stars next to the most important.

  • **pasta sauce
  • **canned soup
  • *canned meat and/or peanut butter
  • *hamburger helper-type meals
  • boxes of cereal and instant oatmeal
  • canned veggies
  • pasta
  • ravioli
  • canned beans
  • bread (I will freeze whatever we don't hand out right away)
  • toilet paper and paper towels (you can buy these in bulk, because I usually break them up and give 2 or 3 per visitor)
  • toothpaste
  • shampoo, soap, etc.

Thank you to Gary George and Anna Zidarescu for helping on Saturday and to everyone who donated food. It is a gift to be able to offer this ministry to our community.

Erin Tuttle Lockridge




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...



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.


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.