Christ the Savior-Holy Spirit Orthodox Church
Archpriest Steven C. Kostoff
4285 Ashland Ave, Cincinnati OH 45212 - (513) 351-0907
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Join us! ~ Final Session Wed. Aug 16:

  • 7:30pm - Bible Study (No Service)

Announcing our Summer Bible Study, beginning on Wednesday, June 7!  Sounds very exciting to me as we will continue and complete what we began last summer - a study of the Gospel According to St. John.  We will take a careful look at  all of those lengthy discourses that we hear each year during Holy Week; and then the Passion and Resurrection narratives (JN. 12-21).

~ Fr. Steven



News & Events, August-October:

Summer Book Club - Organized by St. Katherine's Society, the book to be read is Discerning the Signs of the Times by Elizabeth Behr-Sigel.  Discussion August 3 at 7 pm at the home of Shirley Leara. All are welcome! | Discussion cancelled - Our apologies for any inconvenience!  Order the book from SVS Press.

Next Sisterhood Meeting - Thursday, September 14 at 7 pm at home of Presvytera Deborah Kostoff 

Gospel City Mission Dinner - September  (date TBA)
Fall Retreat - Nadieszda Kizenko, Saturday, September 30 following Great Vespers
Fall Ethnic Dinner - Polish Cuisine, Sunday, October 15


     UPDATED July 28 —



Iconic Studio has announced their 2017 Fall Icon Workshop for September 25-30, to be held at their studio at 7886 Camargo Rd. This 6-day class will be conducted by Prosopon School of Iconology Instructor Dmitri Andreyev. Full info on the registration form. Optional Housing also available.

Dmitri Andreyev, instructor, has responded to requests for a simpler icon during this workshop which can be completed during the six days with no preliminary work: He will be offering an icon of the head and shoulders of one of the figures in the Myrrh-Bearing icon - the angel or one of the women, in addition to the full icon.

The lower cost is not a typo - the Michael J. Ward Memorial Foundation wants to help make it possible for more students to participate and make icons!

Updated Registration FormHousing Form

Contact Jenny Ward with any questions.



On the afternoon of Pentecost Sunday, June 4, several members of Christ the Savior-Holy Spirit participated in the annual 'Cross the Bridge for Life' event, dedicated to the Sanctity of Life at every stage.


From the event's desciption:

Sponsored by pro-life groups on both sides of the Ohio River, including the [Roman Catholic] Archdiocese of Cincinnati and the Diocese of Covington, this family friendly event features talks, live music by Easter Rising, children's activities, food, and a walk across the "Purple People Bridge" and back led by pipes and drums from the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus, and other organizations. Informational booths from pro-life organizations; free t-shirts. Site is the Newport Festival Grounds, directly below Newport on the Levee in Northern Kentucky. No protest, a peaceful celebration of life. Learn more and view extensive photo galleries on the official website...

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Explore our extensive resource section for the Elder and Wonderworker of Alaska, Venerable Herman.

Beginning his monastic life at Sarov Monastery in Russia, arriving at the same time as another great saint of the Orthodox Church, Seraphim of Sarov, Monk Herman later transferred to Valaam Monastery in Lake Ladoga, north of Petersburg. From there he was selected for the Russian Mission to Alaska, arriving in North America with several other monastics in 1794, where they began spreading the Orthodox Gospel among the Aleuts, Inuits, and other native peoples.

The rest of the monks eventually died, returned to Russia, or, in the case of Juvenaly, were martyred. Monk Herman faithfully persevered in solitude, tending with great love and compassion to the native population, protecting them from disease, famine, flood, and from the depradations of the Russian fur traders. Monk Herman reposed in 1836. His holy life began to be published in Russia within thirty years of his death; he was eventually glorified and entered into the calendar of saints by the OCA in 1970.

Our website hosts one of the most extensive online collections of materials on this beloved saint, the first to shine forth in the 'New World'. St Herman is commemorated on August 9 (glorification) and December 13 (repose).


July 16, 2017 Our Photo Gallery page is now updated with more photos from May through July, including Church School Graduation, the Chrismation of Kathy Wynkoop, the Baptismal Liturgy for Anna Wesner, the installation of our Parish Council, the Blessing of our renovated Parish Hall, and the Great Feast of Pentecost.  All this and much more, on our Photo Gallery page...



Several "food pantry angels" dropped off much needed food items yesterday morning. The shelves were replenishing themselves(!). Yet, for Saturday's food pantry opening, we still need the following:

Canned fruit
tooth brushes
Peanut butter

We would like to staff the pantry each month with different volunteers from the parish. It is a great experience to meet our local neighbors as they visit the pantry... and to spend a couple of hours chatting and serving alongside fellow parishioners!

Here are the dates for the upcoming pantry walk-in days. Volunteers serve from 8:45-10:45. Two Volunteers needed for each day.

Saturday, August 5 • Saturday, September 2 • Saturday, October 7



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.


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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