Once again, we are pleased to announce some new additions to our already extensive Great Lent Resource Section, which over years has grown to be perhaps the most highly visited area of our parish website. With suggested books for Lent, numerous articles, audio, and video, there are plenty of materials to choose from as we again make this holy journey to the Lord's Passion Week, and His Resurrection from the Tomb.
Major section headings include: Lenten Worship, On Fasting, On Confession, and the compelling Pre-Lent period. Included within the Lenten Worship section are special pages for the Sundays of Lent (each of which has their own special focus and message for us), and the Weekday Services of Lent (specifically the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts and the Akathist Hymn). There is also a unique collection of materials for the Great Canon of Repentance by St Andrew of Crete, which is prayed in four parts over the first four evenings of Lent, and again in its entirety on the Thursday of the Fifth Week (together with the reading of the Life of St Mary of Egypt, one of the greatest personal journeys of repentance in the history of the Church).
Our beloved pastor, Fr Steven Kostoff, has provided a wealth of edifying and helpful spiritual instructions for Lent (see this article for a most helpful primer) which we have collected as well, including his regular meditations, and topical articles on prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. Christ didn't say "If you fast..., If you pray..., If you give alms...", He said "When" you do these things. So in the journey of Lent there is a spirit of willing obedience in a loving response to the teachings of Him who first loved us.
Of course, reading is very helpful, but it can only take us so far. That is why we invite you to "Come and see," to join us for the "bright sorrow" of the Lenten services, and make the journey with us all the way through Holy Week and on to Pascha. There is perhaps no better introduction to the spiritual life and the transformative holiness of the Orthodox Church than through this sacred annual journey, which we all take together. If you have any questions about Great Lent and the Orthodox Church, please contact Fr Steven, or speak with any of us after any of the divine services.
We hope to see you soon!
YOUTH GROUP NEWS
Learn more about our Youth Group and how to join here. We hope to see you soon!
The Christ the Savior-Holy Spirit Youth Group followed its launch of the 2018-2019 year with the first of several fellowship outings. On Sunday, October 21, the group of 16 or so gathered for lunch at Newport on the Levee, followed by a game of Dart Rush. Our first Bible discussion & fellowship event took place on November 18th.
Upcoming meetings include:
March 31 - Fellowship & Bible Discussion
April 13th - Serve at Parish Pantry (tentative)
May 26th - BBQ & Bible Discussion
June 9th - Prepare a meal & serve the homeless (tentative)
With a balance of fellowship and service, plus several discussion group meetings planned, our relaunched Youth Group offers an enriching experience for our teens. — Photos posted in our Gallery...
ST KATHERINE'S SOCIETY NEWS
Red Balloon Play Date (6200 Montgomery Road, Pleasant Ridge) for our younger children and their families is scheduled for Saturday morning, February 23. Please contact Nika Boyd to RSVP so that she knows the numbers attending.
Our monastery pilgrimage to the Dormition Monastery is scheduled for April 5-7. The monastery can accommodate 6 guests. We currently have 3 signed up. Please contact Presv. Deborah asap to RSVP.
LYDIA'S HOUSE WINTER APPEAL
Greetings to Everyone,
2019 LITURGICAL CALENDAR NOW AVAILABLE
We have receved our shipment of the calendars, which are available in the church hall following any of the services.
Ralph's monastery photographs of The North American Thebaid will be published also in a handsome photo book in Spring 2019, also by St. Tikhon's Monastery Press.
Fr Steven's new book is available through the church office/bookstore, and online.
"For almost twenty years now, parishioners at Christ the Savior-Holy Spirit in Cincinnati, and friends in Christ from places near and far, have been receiving from Father Steven his 'Monday Morning Meditations' via email, or have been visiting his Orthodox Christian Meditations Blog. Now at long last a selection of Father Steven's reflections have been published in book form by Kaloros Press!"
The Divine Liturgy of the Orthodox Church
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.
CHURCH SCHOOL TO HELP HOMELESS DURING LENT
Dear Church School families,
The Church School, again, will be packing Sack Lunches for the Homeless through the Broken Bus Ministry. The packed lunches will be delivered on the Sunday of Orthodoxy ( March 17, 2019) following the Liturgy.
The bags will be packed by the children following the Icon Procession that Sunday. Please check the list below for your students requested donation. Donations will be collected for 6 Sundays (January 27 through March 3, 2019) and donation boxes will be in all the church school classrooms. The items that are going into the bagged lunches have changed this year at the request of the Broken Bus Ministry contact. We have less items on the list and if we receive enough donations we may bag 2 of the items, such as the fruit, water and the chips or pretzels.
Thank you as always for your generosity.
January 14, 2019
Extensive updates for the New Year cover the Nativity and Theophany of Christ, recent Church School special events, plus the Chrismation of new members into the Church. Plus, get to know our many new members, and re-visit 2018 with its many events and feasts in the life of the parish, all on our Photo Gallery Page.
FOOD PANTRY UPDATE
Dear Fr. Steven and all,
On December 15 we had only 10 people that came to the food pantry, maybe because of the rain, maybe some did not know about the date change. We left some bags prepared in case someone asks for assistance in the next couple of weeks. First and foremost, we are most grateful for the generosity of our parish who donated so many items for our food pantry. We had plenty to provide to all the people who stopped by today and looks like we are in good shape for next month as well.
We need just a few items:
Thank you again to everyone who donated and our wonderful volunteers, and wish everyone a blessed holidays season.
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
SPECIAL VIDEO ON OUR ICONOGAPHER, FR. ANDREW TREGUBOV
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.
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.
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