Dear Parish Faithful,
"Let your love be genuine; hate what is evil. Hold fast to what is good; love one another with brotherly affection; outdo one another in showing honor." (Rom. 12:9)
Fifteen Minutes of Fame - I very much enjoyed yesterday's book signing after the Liturgy. Book sales have exceeded all expectations, so we are currently all out of copies. More copies will eventually arrive for those who may still want to purchase one. If you were not here yesterday, but have reserved a copy, I have your books put aside and will eventually get them to you. All the money from the book sales will go toward our parish bookstore that we hope to revive in the "near future." I once again deeply appreciate your support.
Monastery Pilgrimage - A group of "parish pilgrims" will leave for the Transfiguration Monastery in Ellwood City, PA, on Tuesday morning and return Wednesday evening. I will also be a member of the group.
Bible Study - Therefore, the next session of the Bible Study will meet on Thursday evening of this week at 7:30 p.m. We will discuss I Jn. 4. In his epistle, St. John reveals that "God is love" (I Jn. 4:8).
Do you find that teaching: Inspiring/Intriguing/Irresistible/Incredible/Ineffable/Inconceivable/Incomprehensible or, simply, Interesting?
If any or all of the above: Please join us on Thursday evening!
Dear Parish Faithful,
My new book, Monday Morning Meditations - Reflections of a Parish Priest has been published and released. On the whole, I think it came out pretty well. We have ordered 25 copies for the parish. About 16 are already accounted for, and those parishioners have already reserved a copy with me. If you would like me to reserve you a copy, please contact me and let me know. If necessary, we can order more copies. I believe that the book will sell for $15.00 a copy here in the parish.
I have been persuaded to have a "book signing" session after the Liturgy. That is fine with me. We will do that this coming Sunday, July 8, in the church hall during our post-Liturgy fellowship. I thank everyone for your long-time support and ongoing encouragement to bring this endeavor to fruition. All of the meditations written in this book were written with the parish in mind first and foremost.
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!
Our parish bookstore will soon be stocking Monday Morning Meditations - Reflections of a Parish Priest, or you can order via email direct from Kaloros Press.
From the Publisher's Description:
Do Monday mornings provide a sense of hope, inspiration and purpose to our lives? If not, what are we missing? Could it be we’ve left something behind that has the potential to be truly meaningful? The Sunday Liturgy’s exhortation to “depart in peace” does not mean: “we’re done, let’s go home.” It is a directive to embody what we have received, through our worship as a community and in the Eucharist, and bear witness to it, through words and actions, in the more mundane quarters of our daily life.
In this series of “meditations,” one for every Monday of the year, Fr Steven brings us back, week after week, to the message of the Gospel, reminding us of its enduring relevance in the face of a secular world with which we are so forcefully confronted. He 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.
"Fr Kostoff’s meditations trace the pathway, throughout the Orthodox liturgical year, that leads the reader from the goal of 'bringing our minds and hearts back to the reality of God' to our 'becoming more human' through an ever-deepening communion with the God of Love. These marvelously inspirational reflections can enlighten the spiritual journey of anyone who longs to behold the Face of Christ." — Fr John Breck
Fr Steven Kostoff is an Archpriest of the Orthodox Church in America. Since 1989, he has served as the pastor of Christ the Savior – Holy Spirit Orthodox Church in Norwood, Ohio, and as a member of the adjunct faculty at Xavier University, in Cincinnati. He and his wife, Presvytera Deborah, have three children and four grandchildren.
Fr. Steven is also the author of The Divine Liturgy of the Orthodox Church - Meaning, Preparation & Practice, a concise and inspiring guide to the pinnacle of Orthodox Christian worship. Available through our parish bookstore or online.