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

 

GREAT FEAST of THEOPHANY

     (The Baptism of Christ in the Jordan, Jan. 6)

 

 


 

STEWARDSHIP DRIVE 2018

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.  

 

 


HOUSE BLESSINGS NOW THRU FEB 15

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!


THE PRE-LENT PERIOD

January 21 was Zacchaeus Sunday, the first announcement that Great Lent is drawing near, five Sundays befre the beginning of the Fast. The Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee (which falls on January 28 this year) also sees the Church begin using the Lenten Triodion, the service book which will take us all the way through Lent and Holy Week.

Each of the Pre-Lenten Sundays has a lesson for us as the Church prepares us for the 'Tithe of the Year' and the rigors of fasting, prostrations and the way of repentance. Learn more by exploring our Pre-Lent Section, and our extensive Great Lent Resource Section.

Download and print our complete Great Lent Calendar in PDF format.

Great Lent begins Monday, February 19.


The Pan-Orthodox Choir for the 2016 Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers, held that year at St George Serbian Orthodox Church
The Pan-Orthodox Choir for the 2016 Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers, held that year at St George Serbian Orthodox Church
The Pan-Orthodox Choir for the 2016 Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers, held that year at St George Serbian Orthodox Church

 

JOIN US FOR SUNDAY OF ORTHODOXY VESPERS

  • Sunday, Feb. 25, 6:00pm
  • Lenten dinner to follow in our church hall.

Join us for this annual Pan-Orthodox Vespers with concelebrants and parishioners from regional Orthodox churches, to be followed by a multi-ethnic Lenten meal and fellowship in our newly renovated church hall. We are honored to host this event this year, and hope you can join us!

Guests & Visitors: map & directions to our church here. We look forward to seeing you!

Learn more about the Triumph of Orthodoxy, the Restoration of the Holy Icons, and this important annual commemoration.

2018 Schedule for the Sunday of Orthodoxy

 

Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers 2018

held this year at:

Christ the Savior-Holy Spirit Orthodox Church

V. Rev. Steven C. Kostoff, rector

4285 Ashland Ave, Norwood OH 45212

513-351-0907 • Map & Directions

 

Schedule:

Sunday, February 25:

• 6:00pm - Vespers of the Triumph of Orthodoxy

• followed by Multi-Ethnic Lenten Refreshments & fellowship

 

Join us for this unique tradition of Pan-Orthodox Vespers with concelebrants and parishioners from regional Orthodox churches, followed immediately by a multi-ethnic Lenten meal in our newly renovated church hall. We are honored to host this traditional pan-Orthodox event this year.

Guests & Visitors, you can find map & directions to our church here.

Scroll down to learn more about the Iconoclast Heresy, the Restoration of the Holy Icons, and the Triumph of Orthodoxy.

We look forward to seeing you!

 

Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers

 

Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers (Feb. 25)

• On Sunday, February 25, we hosted this Cincinnati-area pan-Orthodox Vespers.

• See full coverage on our Photo Gallery page.

• Learn about the Triumph of Orthodoxy, the Restoration of the Holy Icons, and this meaningful annual commemoration.

 


Join us this Saturday for a very special Lenten Retreat!
Join us this Saturday for a very special Lenten Retreat!

 

Lenten Retreat 2018

THIS SATURDAY - REGISTER NOW!

• Saturday March 17, 9:00am - 4:00pm

• Two Sessions: join us in the morning, afternoon, or both!

• Special guest speaker Khouria Krista West

• Topic: 'Envisioning the Kingdom - the Why and How of Beauty in the Orthodox Church'

• Full details & online registration here.

 


 

2018 LENTEN RETREAT, with Kh. Krista West

Saturday, March 17, 9am - 4pm

Online Registration Now Open! 

Envisioning the Kingdom ~

the Why and How of Beauty in the Orthodox Church

Is beauty simply a trivial pursuit or could it be the means through which we envision the Kingdom of Heaven?

 

Join us as we welcome noted speaker, author, and ecclesiastical tailor Krista West, as she explores the Orthodox Christian approach to beauty and why beauty is such an important part of the Orthodox tradition.

 

Full details and schedule now available, plus info on our distinguished guest speaker and retreat leader. Online registration is now available. We hope you can join us!

All Hands on Deck! Parish Cleanup Day scheduled for Sat. March 24

Originally sent to the parish on March 9, 2018

 

WHAT: Annual Church Cleanup to prepare for Holy Week & Pascha.

WHO: Opportunities for the Entire Family, all ages welcome!

WHEN: Saturday March 24, 8 am to Noon.

FUEL: Light refreshments will also available and we will need someone to set up and clean up the refreshments.

 

 

We are once again closing in on the Annual Church clean up and are in need of those who volunteer as individuals and as families to thoroughly clean the Church, Hall and grounds. Many hands make light work and numerous volunteers are needed in many areas on Saturday March 24 from 8 am to Noon. Light refreshments will also available and we will need someone to set up and clean up the refreshments. 

 

Please email mickeycallender100 at gmail dot com or leave a message on my cell [see parish directory] with the time and type of job you would be interested in assisting with on the clean up day.  

 

 

Altar Area – Select jobs based on familiarity within the Altar.

 

Dusting Walls, Vacuuming, Cleaning Pews and Window Sills in Church

 

• Dusting Walls - done with long poles that provides a great upper body work out.

 

• Window Sills – Dust and clean up and wax from candles with plastic scrapers.

 

• Entry - Vacuum rug and mop the tile. The outside of the wood doors should be washed with dish soap & water and finished with Murphy’s Oil Soap. 

 

• Pews – Great job for lightly supervised kids!! – We use Murphy’s Oil Soap, rags and rubber gloves in various sizes are available if needed by the kids. 

 

• Vacuuming – We have multiple vacuums!

 

Polishing Candle Stands – Polish, gloves, rags, paper towels, and polishing microfiber rags are available to use per your preference. This is big job and need multiple people working on the 6 stands. 

  

Bathrooms – Please do all 4 bathrooms and overstock with supplies for use by the expected crowds during Holy Week. If time permits please clean the stairwell to the Education Center.

  

Kitchen – Please focus on cleaning counters, sink and mopping the floor. If time permits clean any walls, window sills, and appliances as needed.  

 

Hall Stage – Please be sure to clean the window sills, sweep and mop the floor.

 

Hall Floor – This is a great job for a family with kids!!!

• Parents that use the high chairs – please clean all high chairs.

• Wipe down tables if necessary.

• Vacuum carpets and roll up to be unrolled after floor dries.

• Start on the side furthest from the bathrooms. Slide out all chairs from about ¼ of the tables. Dust mop and Swiffer the entire floor.    

• Do not forget the Hall entry!!

  

Church Grounds – Children MUST be supervised!

• Remove and trash from bushes and curbs.

• Sweep out the stairwells to ensure both drains are clear from debris.

 

 

Photos from previous parish cleanups


PARISH CLEANUP DAY

Calling all hands! Parish Cleanup Day is Saturday, March 24, from 8am to Noon!

This is our annual pre-Pascha deep-clean effort, with plenty of jobs both indoors and outdoors for all ages. Light refreshments will be provided (but we need volunteers for setup and cleanup). See our special event page for full details, a listing of areas and tasks, and contact info to sign up to help. This is always a fun event, and is a great way for children to learn to love and help serve in the church.

We hope to see you there!


LAZARUS SATURDAY-PALM SUNDAY

Join us for this powerful festal interlude following the conclusion of Great Lent — the Raising of Lazarus from the dead, and the Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem — which announces in advance Christ's victory over death, and celebrates His coming into His Kingdom. Then join us for our Holy Week services, which begin at 7 o'clock the evening of Palm Sunday with the first of the Bridegroom Matins.

  • Fri. March 30, 7:00pm - Vespers for Lazarus Saturday
  • Sat. March 31, 9:30am - Divine Liturgy
  • Sat. March 31, 6:00pm - Vigil for Palm Sunday
  • Sun. April 1, 9:30am - Divine Liturgy (Hours at 9:10am)

 

GREAT LENT - Schedule & Resources

Our Journey to Pascha begins Monday, February 19 as we enter the Great Fast of Lent. Join us for the unique Lenten services, which serve as a "school of repentance" through their "joy-producing sorrow."

Our parish website has numerous resources for your Lenten journey, covering the Sundays of Lent, the special weekday services, and much more. We also feature a handy Lenten schedule in PDF format or available in church. Sync your smartphone, tablet and PC to our online calendar and never miss a service.

Christ the Savior is hosting the annual Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers this year: Sunday, Feb 25, 6:00pm. Pan-Orthodox Vespers with members from regional churches, followed by a multi-ethnic lenten meal in our newly renovated church hall. (See the separate news story on this page.)

And, we invite you to join us on Saturday, March 17 for our 2018 Lenten Retreat, with special guest speaker Kh. Krista West. (See the separate news story on this page.)


Holy Week begins Sunday evening, April 1, this year...
Holy Week begins Sunday evening, April 1, this year...

 

HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE & RESOURCES

Explore our special articles, podcasts and video selections for the Lord's Great and Holy Passion Week, including reflections by Fr Alexander Schmemann on the Eschatological Nature of the Bridegroom Matins, Timing the Events of Holy Week as recounted in the Gospels, and much, much more. Visit our Holy Week Section here.

And we invite you to join us for our Holy Week services as we follow the Lord from Palm Sunday through His sufferings and the Cross for our salvation, leading to the Empty Tomb and the joyful proclamation of the Resurrection. Full schedule posted, and available for download in printable PDF format. You can also sync your phone, tablet or computer to our online calendar and be reminded of all our services.


 

AUDIT FR. STEVEN'S COLLEGE COURSE

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

The Hours of Pascha

 

CHRIST IS RISEN!

From the Holy and Great Sunday of Pascha until the Saturday of Bright Week, in place of the usual Morning and Evening Prayers, and the Prayers of Thanksgiving after Holy Communion, the Paschal Hours are read.

This beautiful and brief service contains key hymns from the Pascha Service, and is included in most Orthodox prayer books. The Hours of Pascha is provided here in PDF format:

AND REMEMBER, we do not offer the opening prayer to the Holy Spirit, "O Heavenly King, O Comforter," until Pentecost! Instead we sing "Christ is Risen from the dead, trampling down death by death! And upon those in the tombs bestowing life!" This Paschal Troparion is sung until Ascension Thursday.

Learn more about the Resurrection of Christ and its celebration in the Orthodox Tradition here.

INDEED HE IS RISEN!


 

THE HOURS OF PASCHA

CHRIST IS RISEN!

From the Holy and Great Sunday of Pascha until the Saturday of Bright Week, in place of the usual Morning and Evening Prayers, Nocturns, the Hours, Compline, and the Prayers of Thanksgiving after Holy Communion, the Paschal Hours are read.

This beautiful and brief service contains key hymns from the Pascha Service, and helps to bear us aloft in the joy and radiance of the Lord's Resurrection from the dead. Included in most Orthodox prayer books, the Hours of Pascha is provided here in PDF format:

Hours of Pascha

AND REMEMBER, we do not offer the opening prayer to the Holy Spirit, "O Heavenly King, O Comforter," until Pentecost! Instead we sing "Christ is Risen from the dead, trampling down death by death! And upon those in the tombs bestowing life!" This Paschal Troparion is sung until Ascension Thursday.

INDEED HE IS RISEN!


BISHOP PAUL ORDAINS DN. JOHNOTHON SAUER

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...


 

SUNDAY OF ORTHODOXY PHOTO GALLERIES

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.


LYDIA'S HOUSE COLLECTION EXTENDED

Dear Parish Faithful,

Christ is Risen!

We would like to extend the collection for Lydia’s House for a few more weeks. The blue bin is in the fellowship hall. Items needed include:

Items - Infant bath tub • Diapers sizes 1, 3, 4, 5 • Conditioner • Body wash • Razors • Kitchen cleaning spray • Toothpaste/floss

My thanks, Presv. Deborah


KAIROS PRISON MINISTRY

THANK YOU to all our Cookie bakers for our April 2018 in-prison weekend!

PLEASE REMEMBER TO PRAY for our Kairos in-prison team, and for the prisoners, this week and weekend, April 26-29!

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...


SPECIAL ONE-EVENING BIBLE STUDY

'By the Sea of Tiberias' 

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!'


The Great Commission
The Great Commission

Orthodox Christian Mission Center Presentation

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.


CHRIST IS RISEN!

INDEED HE IS RISEN!

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!