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

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PARISH NEWS - If you would like to receive updates on parish life at Christ the Savior-Holy Spirit, please contact Fr. Steven and request to be added to his email distribution list.



'By the Sea of Tiberias' 

  • Gospel according to John, Ch. 21
  • Wed. April 25, 7:30pm

On Wednesday evening, April 25, we will have a Bible Study session on John 21. Last summer, we studied JN. 13-21, but we were unable to cover chapter 21.

So, as that chapter covers events of Christ's Resurrection, it should prove to be more than a little timely to discuss that marvelous chapter, and thus closing our study and discussion of St. John's Gospel from last summer.A good way to keep alive the paschal spirit of this unique season in the Church...

Join us as we encounter the Risen Christ, 'by the Sea of Tiberias!'



Whether you are a 'Cradle Orthodox', a convert, or a new seeker or inquirer, we greet you on Pascha, the Feast of Feasts, the Resurrection of our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ!

This powerful historical event launched the Christian Church on its journey through history, and transformed the cosmos, even destroying death and granting us Eternal Life. As we sing in the hymns of Pascha, "Now all is filled with Light!" 

Explore our Pascha to Pentecost Resource Section to learn more, and join us for our services. You can also read Fr Steven's Pascha Meditations. and meditations on the Resurrection, beginning with this important article: The Resurrection of Christ and the Rise of Christianity.

We will also soon be announcing our annual Summer Bible Study series, so keep watch for further info. We look forward to seeing you!


Visit our new 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 the same 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.


Cookie bakers needed for our April 2018 in-prison weekend. Cookies must be delivered to the church by Sunday, April 22. Full info here.

Also, our Kairos Prison Ministry Team has posted a special appeal for volunteers. There are many of ways to support this ministry, both behind the prison walls, and within your home, from here at the parish, or even from your kitchen. Learn more here...

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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Relive the Lord's Passion Week and Resurrection through dozens of images in our Photo Gallery. Covers Holy Thursday through Agapé Vespers. And be sure to join us for our divine services, and a Special Bible Study on the Gospel according to John Ch. 21 (Wed. Apr 25), as we continue to proclaim the Lord's Resurrection...

The Great Commission
The Great Commission


  • Thu. May 3, 6:30pm
  • Refreshments provided,
  • Live Greek Music!

Join OCMC and Presbytera Michelle Jannakos on Thursday, May 3 at 6:30pm, at the Athenian Restaurant, 10966 Reading Rd,  Sharonville,OH 45241 for a presentation and discussion about the missionary work of our Orthodox Church in many parts of the world. The Orthodox Christian Mission Center in St. Augustine, Florida currently has 20 long term missionaries and sends about 150 individuals and families on short term mission teams.

These missionaries do their own fundraising and count on our support. Please join us to learn more about making disciples of all nations! There will also be food and Live Greek music by George and the Corner Band! If you have not received an invitation to our event and would like one please contact Jim Raptis at  dimitrirap at gmail dot com. Full info available on the event flier in PDF format.


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!



The first Sunday of Lent, the Sunday of Orthodoxy, February 25 this year, was a full day in the life of the parish.

Our Church School students made their annual procession with icons into the center of the church, where Fr Steven read the Synodicon proclaiming the veneration of the holy icons, and the icons were briefly described. After the students returned to the Education Center, they undertook their Lenten service project, packing lunches for the homeless, and received their IOCC collection boxes.

In the evening, we hosted the annual Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers for Cincinnati-area Orthodox churches. About a hundred filled the church and stayed for our Lenten meal following. St George (ROCOR), St George (Serbian), St James (Antiochian), and Holy Trinity-St Nicholas (GOA) were represented by clergy and faithful.

Proceed to our Photo Gallery page to view slide shows of these two celebrations, plus photos of the Great Canon during the First Week of Lent.



Dear Parish Faithful,

The parish food pantry is open to the neighborhood one Saturday eaxch month. Below is a list of items we could use.

  • Canned Veggies (Peas, Green Beans, Carrots, Corn)
  • Canned Fruit
  • Canned Evaporated milk
  • 100% juice boxes
  • Canned chicken
  • Chicken and Tuna Helpers (please, no hamburger helpers)
  • Granola Bars
  • Breakfast bars
  • Small boxes of cereal (10-12 oz range)
  • Individual Oatmeal packets
  • Chunky Soups (please buy 2 of the same soup)
  • Ravioli O's
  • Crackers (Saltine and Club)
  • Snack Crackers (Lance peanut butter or cheese crackers)
  • Individual cookie packs
  • toothpaste & toothbrushes
  • soap
  • toilet paper

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

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