Christ the Savior-Holy Spirit Orthodox Church
Archpriest Steven C. Kostoff
4285 Ashland Ave, Cincinnati OH 45212 - (513) 351-0907
2023 Fall Adult Class begins Monday, October 30




Sacraments of Healing

by Metropolitan Kallistos Ware


Six Monday evenings,

beginning October 30



Dear Parish Faithful,


Our traditional Fall Adult Education Class will begin this year on Monday, October 30. As usual, it will run for six sessions, the last session being on Monday, December 4. This class will meet for its sessions in the church and also via zoom.


This is a more "advanced" class than our Inquirers Class, presupposing a basic knowledge of Orthodox belief and practice, that is meant for any and all of the parish faithful and for catechumens who want to go further in their exploration of the Orthodox Faith. Visitors or friends are more than welcome.

Fr. Steven will be leading this class.

We will be reading the late Metropolitan Kallistos Ware's new publication, The Sacraments of Healing. We ordered 20 copies of this book for the parish, and there are only 3 copies left! That is great, and a wonderful sign that many of the parish faithful desire to continue to explore the depth and riches of Orthodox theology and spirituality on an ongoing basis. 

As available copies run out, you like, you may order a copy directly from SVS Press:


- Fr. Steven





These six reflections, which meditate upon the sacraments as sources of healing, reveal the wisdom, insight, and wit of Met. Kallistos Ware.


He explores the human condition in light of the Orthodox Tradition from many angles: the deep meaning and mystery of the human body and its healing; the somewhat ambiguous role of the passions in our life; the therapeutic vision of the Church expressed in the Mysteries of Confession and Anointing; our experience of healing both in the Divine Liturgy and in the wider world, and, finally, in the great mystery of death itself.


It is often said that the Orthodox Church is a hospital and that our understanding of salvation is therapeutic. Here Met. Kallistos explores what this means in many different ways, and helps us to understand more deeply our relationship with Christ the Physician of souls and bodies, who came to save and to heal both us and the world.


Met. Kallistos Ware was Spalding Lecturer in Eastern Orthodox Studies at the University of Oxford. World-renowned for his writings and lectures, his books include The Orthodox Church (Penguin) and The Orthodox Way (SVS Press).