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.



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.


Are you seeking for an area in which to minister? Do you feel called to bring the Light of Christ to others? Perhaps you are hearing a call to Prison Ministry.

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...


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!



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...

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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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!



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.


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.)


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...



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