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

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Exploring the Truth that God is Light and Love

The Three Catholic Epistles of St John



Thu. July 12, 7:30pm

Wednesday evenings at 7:30pm.

Full info and our flier available here.


Bring your Bible and bring a friend!



From Fr. Steven:

Our short stay at the Holy Transfiguration Monastery is over as we have returned home. It was a wonderful visit for all thirteen of us: Presvytera Deborah and granddaughter Nadia; the Fenners and the Frasches; Kathy Wynkoop with her two daughters; and Cynthia Hollister. Greetings from our former parishioner, Mother Paula. While there, we heard a short presentation by Mother Seraphima of her experience at an International Orthodox Music Symposium in MN. Perhaps I will address this in the future.

Looking to get away? Or for genuine peace and quiet?  "Get ye to a nunnery!" -  as someone once said.

To learn more about Orthodox Christian Monastcism, visit our special Monastic Matters page, and contact Fr Steven...


We are again supporting the Woven Oaks Initiative here in Norwood for 2018. Erin Lockridge addressed the parish this past Sunday during the post-Liturgy talk, and shared some of this year's programming with us. One of their dynamic programs is called 'Norwood Grows':

Norwood Grows hosts nearly 130 young people in programs like Garden Camp, Cooking Camp, Explorers Camp, and Girls’ Safe Space. These programs seek to educate, inspire, and empower the children and teens of Norwood, Ohio, using garden, culinary, art, and nature-based curriculum. Norwood Grows programs teach practical skills that can be applied in the life of our community and beyond. They encourage a sense of wonder and deep respect for the natural world and the way it sustains us; and they promote healthy relationships - with plants, animals, our bodies, our peers, and our community. 

Learn more and get connected at Norwood Grows and


The Divine Liturgy of the Orthodox Church
Meaning, Preparation & Practice

by Archpriest Steven C. Kostoff

Third Edition, with a new Epilogue by the author...

Seekers, catechumens and Orthodox faithful alike will be blessed by this trustworthy and inspiring guide to the Divine Liturgy and the Life in Christ, composed by our beloved pastor, a faithful presbyter of the Orthodox Church in America.

Paperback, 64 pages, full color cover; $9.99 retail.

Full info here, plus special link to order with a 20% discount!


Visit our 2018 Lenten Retreat Archive page to read Fr Steven's summary of this special event in the life of the parish, led by renowned speaker and ecclesiastical tailor Kh. Krista West. Also posted is a beautifully done video of her giving a similar presentation in 2016 - ideal for those who could not attend, or who would lke to revisit the subject of The How and Why of Beauty in the Orthodox Church. A photo gallery from the retreat and numerous links and info make for an excellent ongoing resource.

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.


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.



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Fr. Steven's special book signing following Liturgy on Sunday, July 8, resulted in us selling through our initial shipment! We will get resupplied soom, and all the proceeds from the book sales will go toward our parish bookstore that we hope to revive in the "near future."

If you were not here for the book signing, but have reserved a copy, we have your books put aside and will eventually get them to you!

'Monday Morning Meditations - Reflections of a Parish Priest', featuring dozens of Father Steven's writings from his Orthodox Christian Meditations Blog, has been published by Kaloros Press, and is available in our parish bookstore.

From the publisher's announcement:

"Fr. Steven offers us a way to practice mindfulness by opening our workaday to the Divine Reality that is so often relegated to Sunday services. It is that Reality that makes Monday mornings meaningful."

Publisher's description and full info, is available on this special page.



Jennifer Haynes and Kris Gansle are working diligently to revive our Parish Youth Group (grades 6 - 12) and have many good plans that will be shared with the parish families during the course of the Summer. Please watch for further details...




Saturdays at 4:30pm, in the Parish Library, followed by Great Vespers at 6:00pm. We are reading Fr. Thomas Hopko's Orthodox Faith series

* NOTE! - Schedule subject to change! Watch for updates on our schedule and reading assignments. All are welcome. Makes a great 'refresher course' for all Orthodox faithful as well! Contact Fr Steven if you are interested, and to make sure you receive updates by email...



Get acquainted with four new families through our Photo Gallery page, and be sure to introduce yourselves and get acquainted at coffee hour! Other recent photos include slide shows from Holy Week & Pascha, and much more...



A Special Resource of the Midwest Diocese of the OCA

Dear Parish Faithful — Our Midwest Diocese has developed a Family Life website that His Grace, Bishop Paul is encouraging that our parish families turn to for helpful resources in raising our families in today's world.  —  Fr. Steven



Dear Parish Faithful,
I just discovered this wonderful YouTube video featuring our parish iconographer, Fr. Andrew Tregubov, explaining the traditional method and theory behind icon painting. Quite fascinating. It is relatively short and very nicely produced. Please take the time to watch this. I invited Fr. Andrew to the parish many times, but he always had to decline because of his responsibilities in caring for his parents and in-laws. His wife, Galina, hand stitched our burial shroud that we venerate during Holy Week.
With Fr. Andrew as our iconographer, our parish is blessed with some of the best iconography being created today in North America. 
Fr. Steven

July 9, 2018




Dear Parish Faithful, 

Below is a list of the items that are needed in the pantry currently. We will be open on July 27th again, and the majority of these items are completely depleted.
Our parish has been extremely generous month after month, allowing us to serve 14-18 people each month, outside of the extra bags that we leave for you/Erin to distribute.
It appears that during the summer months, as more people are perhaps traveling, contributions are not keeping up with demand. As such, the past two months we have gone and purchased the needed items ourselves.
If it were easier for those who want to contribute to this ministry to give money instead of goods, we can work with that, and maybe supplement with Outreach funds when we fall short - just a thought.
Thank you
Items list:
Canned fruit, Canned peas
Canned meat/tuna
Pasta and pasta sauce
Boxed Mac & Cheese
Boxed meals (such as hamburger helper)
Chunky soup
Cereal boxes (Cheerios/Raisin Bran/Cinnamon Crunch)
Tea bags
Laundry detergent
Dish detergent
Personal hygiene items
Paper towels
Toilet paper

Please visit our Food Pantry Ministry page for more info on this ministry...

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