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

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2018 LENTEN RETREAT, with Kh. Krista West

Save the Date!It has been awhile since our last Lenten Retreat, but one is scheduled this year for Saturday, March 17.

Our retreat leader will be Khouria Krista West from Portland, Oregon. Kh. Krista has also been making our liturgical vestments - for priests, deacons  and acolytes - for many years now. She is an experience retreat leader and comes with strong endorsements from those who have heard her in the past. This will be a day-long retreat, and the following is our tentative schedule (times yet TBA):

+ Liturgy
+ Brunch
+ First Presentation (Q & A to follow)
+ Lunch
+ Second Presentation (Q & A to follow)
+ Great Vespers

Kh. Krista will probably stay over on Saturday and join us for the Liturgy on Sunday morning. Haven't quite yet refined our retreat topic, but will very soon. Please mark this date on your calendars and plan to participate in a significant parish lenten event!

— Fr. Steven


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.

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



Dear Parish Faithful,

The parish food pantry will next be open to the neighborhood on Saturday, January 13. Below is a list of items we could use.

- ravioli
- canned fruit and fruit cups
- cereal bars
- canned beans

For the following, we have some, might need a few more:
- boxed meals
- canned meat/fish
- toothbrushes

Thank you, as always to the parish, for so faithfully supporting this important ministry.

Please visit our Food Pantry Ministry page for full info...

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Please follow the link to our 2018 Online Signup Form to schedule with Fr Steven to have your home blessed. The Online System is designed to simplify the scheduling of evening house blessings. If you would like Fr Steven to bless your home during daylight hours, please contact him directly. Thank you!


We had a wonderful weekend with Bp. Paul in our midst, December 16-17. The church was filled for the Liturgy and most remained after for the fine banquet which followed. Relive the experience through a photo gallery of this special event in the life of the parish.

Our Photo Gallery also features over 400 photos from more than twenty events in the life of the parish in 2017. We hope you enjoy looking back over the feasts, special events, baptisms, and more, even as we look ahead to 2018. Also includes our Parish 40th Anniversary celebration, Fall Retreat, and other events from Autumn 2016.  Proceed to our Photo Gallery page...



New Semester at XU - I will begin teaching again at Xavier University next Monday as the Spring semester begins on January 8. I will be teaching a course entitled "Christian Mysticism," but actually it will be a course on Orthodox Christian Spirituality, as I will concentrate on the Eastern Church's emerging and developing spiritual Tradition beginning with the Scriptures. If this sounds remotely interesting, I am free to have visitors to my classroom, so let me know if you would ever like to "drop in." I am providing an attachment to the Course Outline for the first eight weeks if you would like to see some of the upcoming subjects. — Fr. Steven



We continue to urge late pledgers to prioritize and attend to this important matter of Christian Stewardship as soon as possible. Please submit your pledge in support of the parish in 2018.

As in the past, we have posted a convenient Online Pledge Form so you can fill out your pledge in a few easy steps.  




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.