Christ the Savior-Holy Spirit Orthodox Church
Archpriest Steven C. Kostoff
4285 Ashland Ave, Cincinnati OH 45212 - (513) 351-0907
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Christ the Savior Photo & Video Gallery

Fr Steven & Presvytera Deborah
Fr Steven & Presvytera Deborah
Fr Steven & Presvytera Deborah
Updated March 18, 2017


Welcome to our Photo and Video Page!

With the growing number of photos of events being provided by more and more parishioners, as well as occasional videos of interest to the parish, it seemed wise to host all these media on one Gallery. This is a modest start right now, but we have high hopes for the future!
This main Photo & Video Gallery covers feasts and events dating back a year or two. For more glimpses of parish life at Christ the Savior-Holy Spirit visit our Archives!

We hope you enjoy this growing feature of our parish website!

May it be blessed!

* NOTE:  Events are added in reverse chronological order, most recent at top, oldest at bottom.

Great Lent 2017

Fogiveness Vespers...

The 'Joy-Creating Sorrow' of Lent is experienced in the Church - 02/27/17


From another deeply moving Vespers of Forgiveness, to many coming to the compunctionate Great Canon of Repentance of the First Week, Great Lent has begin with solid dedication for the parish.


Join us for the many special services, including the Presanctified Liturgy on Wednesday evenings and the Akathist Hymn on Fridays, and watch for updates through the saving Forty Days as we continue to post new photos...


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Fogiveness Vespers...
Great Canon of St Andrew of Crete, The First Week...
Memorial Saturday...
Annual Parish Meeting

February 12, 2017


Our Annual Parish Meeting was well attended, and reports included a review of the Church Hall Renovation Project. Parishioners are welcome to review the various reports and documents on our Parish Corner page (password-protected).


Meeting of the Lord & Candlemas

'A Light to Enlighten the Gentiles...' - 02/01/17


We celebrated a beautiful Vesperal Liturgy for the Feast of the Meeting of the Lord in the Temple, crowned by the traditional blessing of candles for Candlemas...


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Chrismation of Preston (Nicholas) Frasch

'The Seal of the Gift of the Holy Spirit!' — Amen! - 12/18/16

On Sunday, December 18, 2016, during the Little Entrance of the Divine Liturgy, Father Steven received into the Orthodox Church, through the Sacrament of Chrismation, the servant of God Preston Frasch. His patron saint is St Nicholas of Japan, and his sponsor is Curtis (Theophan) Rutherford. God grant you Many Years!

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St Nicholas Day Pageant & Charity Dinner - Photos & Video

An annual tradition for 25 years! - 12/11/16

Our annual St Nicholas Day Pageant and Charity Dinner, put on by our Church School students and teachers, was a delight and great fun for all.


Presvytera Deborah introduced the event, and called to mind that this has been an annual highlight of the parish for a quarter century or so now. Joe Foster played Christmas carols on Celtic harp as we entered the church hall, and the Pageant itself was a creative alphabetized rendering of the story of the Nativity of Christ, with several speaking parts and our littlest students punctuating the readings from A to Z.


After singing 'O Come, All Ye Faithful', we had a visit from St Nicholas. The teens then served a tasty lenten meal to conclude this wonderful event. All funds collected for the dinner will be distributed to a charity chosen by the students.


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Baptism of Natasha Irene Boyd

'As many as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ!' - 12/10/16

On Saturday, December 10, 2016, parish faithful, family and friends gathered for the baptism of Natasha Irene, daughter of John and Nika Boyd. God grant the newly-illumined Natasha, her parents, brother, sponsors and family Many Years!

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Parish 40th Anniversary Celebration

Parish Faithful and Friends gather for landmark event - 11/06/16

Our 40th Anniversary Celebration was a great success, with a large turnout of all ages, wonderful catered meal & drinks, and a splendid presentation by Joe Kormos on the history of our hyphenated parish. Dancing capped an afternoon of "looking back and looking ahead..."


Many thanks to Joyce Kormos and an inspired team whose efforts resulted in a delightful event for the parish!


Download and/or view our two special online features:


History of the Parish in Pictures - by Joe Kormos


Giving Thanks - Reflections on the 40th Anniversary Commemorative Booklet


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Fall Retreat with Fr Andrew Stephen Damick

Parish & Guests immerse themselves in 'The Church In and After the Scriptures' - 10/22/16

Our two-day Autumn Retreat on October 21 & 22, featuring noted author and podcaster Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick. was well attended by parishioners and numerous guests from the region. Learn more about Fr Damick and the retreat here.




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Welcome New Members!

Updated December 16, 2016



Be sure to introduce yourselves

and get acquainted at coffee hour!


Scroll down to see more new member photos from 2015 and earlier!

Dr Nicole Roccas previews her new book, 'Time and Despondency'


From Father Steven:


[During our October 30] post-Liturgy discussion, we were treated to a short, but excellent presentation by our former parishioner, Dr. Nicole Roccas. Nicole spoke of her forthcoming book that will be titled Time and Despondency.  In fact, she actually read the first couple of pages of her Introduction for us yesterday.

It was all quite intriguing, and based on these few pages I am now eagerly anticipating the release of her book sometime next year.  A fruitful discussion ensued as Nicole was able to take on a few good questions in our short time frame.  In her book, she will be dealing with the phenomenon of despondency, and how that universal affliction relates to time...


Continue reading on Fr. Steven's Meditations blog...


Parish savors Brazilian Brunch courtesy of St Katherine Sisterhood

A hearty meal with colorful decorations celebrates Brazilian cuisine - 10/09/16

Our thanks to the parish for their strong support of St. Katherine’s Annual Ethnic Dinner. The hall was beautifully decorated for our Brazilian theme by Roberta and the meal was beautifully orchestrated by Shirley and various members of St. Katherine’s – our thanks for all of their dedication and hard work.

In Christ,
Presv. Deborah/St. Katherine’s Sisterhood


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Exaltation of the Cross

'Through the Cross, Joy...' - 09/14/16

September 14 is the Feast Day of the Universal Exaltation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross. We celebrated the Divine Liturgy for the Feast, and there was a representative body of parishioners here for the service, considering that this is a week/work day. The evening of the 13th, we had many of the parish faithful for the Great Vespers and procession with the Cross, as shown in these photos.

This particular focus on the Cross is rooted in an historical event of the 4th c.  Please read the OCA website's account of the feast to become aware of this Feast's origins.

(Special thanks to Pat Pride and Roberta & Scott Robedeau for their photos of the decorated Cross.)


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Back to School Game Night

Game Night at Christ the Savior - 08/21/16

Our parish teens were treated to a "Back-to-School Game Night" at the church this past Sunday, August 21.  Actually, we began at 4:00 p.m. and "played" till 7:00 p.m.  Besides the various games, there was pizza for dinner.  As you can see from the photos, there were some games requiring great concentration, and a splendid time was had by all!

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Feasts of Transfiguration and Dormition

Full Liturgical Cycle celebrated for Great Feasts - 08/15/16

We celebrated the final two Great Feasts of the Church Year with full liturgical cycles, Great Vespers with the blessing of wheat, wine and oil (Litya) on the eve of the feasts, and the Divine Liturgy on the mornings of August 6 (Transfiguration) and August 15 (Dormition). For the Transfiguration, the blessing of fruit baskets immediately followed Liturgy, while for Dormition, the blessing of herbs and flowers was performed. These photos show some of the festal joy shared by the faithful...

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Antiochian Village sees large troop from Christ the Savior-Holy Spirit

July 25, 2016


Dear Parish Faithful,
This is an awesome photo of what seems like a substantial part of our parish membership:  A large group of our young adults - not the "next generation" but the current generation - gathered together in a spirit of close friendship and fellowship at this summer's Antiochian Village camp. 

The Village, as it is called, has proven to be a real Godsend for countless Orthodox youth throughout the United States and Canada; a place where our youth can grow together in the Faith and in forging relationships that last for years into the future.  The Antiochian Archdiocese has done a remarkable job in building up the Village throughout the years.  With seventeen campers, this might be our largest group yet. I wonder how many other parishes have as many "happy campers" at the Village as we do?!
We would like to thank Dn. Paul Gansle for sharing this photo with us.
Fr. Steven

See a few more photos immediately below.




Summer Workshops 2016

Parish Workshops Come to an End - 06/23/16

Thursday evening, June 23, we had the final presentations of this year's Parish Workshops. And once again, it seems clear that everyone had a most enjoyable evening of learning, sharing and fellowship. 


There were about forty-five participants and a few observers present.  The items completed in the Clay, Pysanki Eggs, and Photography workshops were on display; and we had demonstrations of table tennis, chess games and folk dancing to round out the presentations.  There was a good combination of children and adults working together for the last two weeks. And there were some definite skills in all of these workshops on display.


We would like to thank our Workshop coordinator, Presvytera Deborah, and all of the workshop leaders for their time and effort.  It was a good time had by one and all!


- Fr. Steven



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Great Feast of Pentecost 2016

Christ the Savior-Holy Spirit celebrates the descent of the Holy Spirit - 06/19/16

Dear Parish Faithful,

"O Heavenly King, the Comforter"

"And suddenly a sound came from heaven like the rush of a mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting."  (ACTS 2:2)

We were blessed with a truly festal celebration of Pentecost this past weekend.  At the Great Vespers on Saturday evening, we had at least forty-five(!) "souls" praying and worshipping in the church, at a service that culminated with the blessing of the loaves and an anointing with the "oil of gladness."  In the context of a feast day, that anointing is a manifestation of the joy of receiving the Holy Spirit in the communal act of worship. 


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During the 'Kneeling Prayers' of the Vespers of Pentecost
During the 'Kneeling Prayers' of the Vespers of Pentecost
During the 'Kneeling Prayers' of the Vespers of Pentecost

It was at the Great Vespers service that we first sang "O Heavenly King" for the first time in fifty days. Our choir sang all of the festal hymnography beautifully and prayerfully as we gathered on the eve of the Feast in preparation and anticipation of the "great day" of Pentecost.


We then enjoyed a wonderful Liturgy for Pentecost on Sunday morning, as we relived and actualized the reception of the Holy Spirit who "descended" into our midst as we assembled together in the presence of the Risen Lord.  The church was decorated in green as the sign of  eternal renewal which is a gift of the Holy Spirit who makes all things new. Unique to the Feast is the immediate celebration of the Vespers of Pentecost following the Liturgy. 


At the end of the Vespers service, as we sang the troparion of Pentecost, I tossed walnut leaves - perfectly shaped like  "tongues of fire" - into the air throughout the entire church, that then fell down upon everyone as a sign of our reception of the Holy Spirit.  I discovered this colorful practice in a Bulgarian Orthodox Church some years ago, and we have been doing it here for many years now.  Not only our children, but anyone who has a "childlike" openness to the divine presence, really enjoys that rite.  After what is a long morning, I believe that we then leave with a sense of spiritual renewal.



Cincinnati 'Cross the Bridge for Life' 2016

Christ the Savior-Holy Spirit well represented at annual Spring Walk for Life - 06/05/16

Several members of the parish turned out for this annual march for life. Special thanks to Andrew Herbst for organizing and encouraging parish participation! Thanks to Chuck Haynes and Melissa Mason for great photos! To learn more about this worthy event, visit

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