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

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Important Updates at a Glance

 

TRANSFIGURATION (Aug. 6)

Plan now to join us for the Great Feast of the Transfiguration of Christ, August 5-6:

  • Fri. Aug 5, 7:00pm - Festal Vespers with Litya
  • Sat. Aug 6, 9:30am - Divine Liturgy, followed by Blessing of Fruit Baskets

Be sure to explore our Special Resources for this great feast...


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Covid Update, 7/22/22:

  • Covid outbreaks are surging again;
  • Some parishioners have contracted it and are feeling quite ill.
  • Masks are optional at all servcies and functions;
  • Those with Covid, flu or allergy symptoms should follow "best practices" and remain home;
  • Those remaining home are encouraged to follow our services via our livestream on YouTube;
  • Read our recent Covid Updates here.

Renovation Projects

  • Kitchen, Choir Room & Sacristy projects are nearing completion,
  • The Parish Hall is still being used for temporary storage;
  • Thank you for your understanding!

 

DORMITION FAST BEGINS AUGUST 1

August is the final month of the Church Year, and begins with the two-week Dormition Fast.

 

Included in this period are the Great Feast of Transfiguration on August 6, as well as the Glorification of St Herman of Alaska on August 9. The Feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God is on August 15, followed by our parish feast of the Image of Christ 'Not Made by Hands' on the 16th. August also includes one of the great examples of sainted married couples, the Martyrs Adrian and Natalia, commemorated on August 26.

 

In addition to numerous other great saints, the final month of the Church Year features the commemoration of the Beheading of the Holy Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John on August 29. You can follow the daily commemorations of the saints on our special page for the Daily Readings.

 

Join us for this rich month of feasts, fasts and saints!


ORTHODOX RESPONSES TO THE OVERTURNING OF ROE v WADE

Includes the Archpastoral Message of His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, a new meditation from our priest, Fr Steven Kostoff, plus a statement from Orthodox Christians for Life, and more. Read the messages and explore our Sanctity of Life Resource Section . . .

 

ST. HERMAN of ALASKA

Join us for St Herman's Summer Feast on Aug. 9, when we celebrate his glorification in 1970:

Explore our extensive resources on St Heman here...


NEW CATECHETICAL CLASS

  • Class schedule is posted on our online calendar.
  • Ideal for Inquirers, new members, or anyone seeking to learn more about the Orthodox Christian Faith.
  • We will be using Fr Thomas Hopko's book, The Orthodox Faith.
  • Contact Fr. Steven for more info.

PRAYERS & AID FOR UKRAINE

  • Updated 7/26/22: WOMEN'S ORTHODOXY & WAR CONFERENCE
  • Articles & Commentary on the war - updated 5/17/22
  • Suggested prayers for the suffering during the conflict,
  • Plus multiple sources for providing donations and items for relief aid.
  • Visit our UKRAINE RELIEF PAGE...
Current News and Features

Get to know us through up-to-date parish news and feature articles...

Life In The Church - In Season and Out of Season

Posted June 1, 2022

 

Read Fr Steven's new meditation about our life in the Church, which includes a helpful list of suggestions and reminders for the Summer months, with links for your convenience:

 

Life In The Church - In Season and Out of Season

 

"There is hardly a good reason to be less “Church-centered” in the summer than during the other seasons of the year. There is nothing “seasonal” about God: If God withdrew His presence but for a moment, we would simply cease to exist! Here are some suggestions meant to maintain our vigilance with the approach of the summer months . . ."

 

continue reading...

 

 

New Catechetical Class begins Tue. March 29

 

 

NEW CATECHETICAL CLASS

Begins Tuesday, March 29.

Watch our schedule for future class sessions.

Ideal for Inquirers, new members, or anyone seeking to learn more about the Orthodox Christian Faith.

We will be using Fr Thomas Hopko's 4 volume text,The Orthodox Faith.

Contact Fr. Steven for more info.

 

MAN OF GOD film and New St Nektarios Resource Page

UPDATED JULY 26, 2022

 

NEW! Special Resource Page on St Nektarios

Widespread interest in the film, MAN OF GOD, has prompted us to create a new page:

St Nektarios the Wonderworker Resource Page,

  • featuring his Life, plus links to extensive additional resources on his ministry, writings, miracles, and more,
  • PLUS our special features on the film, MAN OF GOD, including movie trailer, film info, interviews, soundtrack, and much more, here.

 

JULY 26, 2022 UPDATE:

'MAN OF GOD' now available on VOD, DVD & Blu-ray in the U.S. & Canada!

Get your digital copy on one of the major platforms here!
https://linktr.ee/manofgodfilm

 

Get your physical DVD/Blu-ray copy from Amazon here!
For DVD: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09YKPNFTH

For Blu-ray: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09YK4QPGH


The film is also available on demand through the major cable and satellite networks across the U.S. and Canada including Comcast, Spectrum, AT&T, Direct TV, Altice, Cox, Verizon, Frontier, Suddenlink, Mediacom, Armstrong, Shaw, Telus and Bell.

 

Excerpt from Fr Steven's review:

Everything about the film was of the highest quality - the script, the acting, the recreation of late 19th - early 20th c. Egypt and Greece, the musical score, and a fine eye from the director for the larger narrative and those details that leave a lasting impression. The director, by the way, is Yelena Popovich, a Serbian-American, who is an Orthodox believer. She has made a film unapologetically focusing on a "holy man" (the actual meaning of the word "saint") of deep faith and piety - St. Nektarios of Aegina (+1920) The Orthodox scholar, Constantine Cavarnos has described St. Nektarios in the following manner: "Metropolitan of Pentapolis, great Theologian, Philosopher, Moralist, Educator, Ascetic, Mystic, Miracle-Worker and Healer." His written legacy is quite prolific . . .

 

Proceed to our special page for St Nektarios and the film, 'MAN OF GOD' . . .

 

2021 - The Year in Photos

February 6, 2022

 

2021 - THE YEAR IN PHOTOS

Our webservant has been catching up on a momentous and full year, and the results are starting to be posted on our Photo Gallery page!

 

First up is a delightful look back at a year of new beginnings, with highlights from weddings, baptisms, new members, feasts, and more. Watch for additional galleries to be posted in the days ahead.

 

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Give towards your pledge, or make a simple donation.

Learn more and get started here  . . .

Recent Feature Articles on Parish Life

 

CELEBRATING 30+ YEARS

On June 30, 2020, the parish celebrated Fr Steven & Presvytera Deborah's 30 years of ministry here at Christ the Savior-Holy Spirit. View some wonderful images from the special program and meal, and read some of Father Steven's reflections on this significant anniversary.

AXIOS! and Thank you, Father Steven and Presvytera, and may God grant you Many Years!!!

View photos on our Photo Gallery...

 

For Our Daily Rule

Today's Scripture, Saints & Prologue

- The daily readings right here on our website

 

PODCASTS on the SCRIPTURES:

The Path - Daily scripture & commentary, inspired by the Saints

 

Search the Scriptures - Accessible Bible study for busy people

 

Daily Orthodox Scriptures - Reading Through the Bible in One Year

 

The Whole Counsel of God - Verse By Verse Through The Scriptures


PARISHIONER DELIVERS TALK AT ORTHODOX CONFERENCE

 

Christ the Savior parishioner Natasha Frasch delivered a talk at the 2019 conference, Speaking the Truth in Love, held at St Tikhon's Orthodox Seminary in South Canaan PA over the November 7-9 weekend.

 

You can learn more about the conference here, and listen to and download the presentations at Ancient Faith Radio.

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. 
 
Fr. Steven

MONDAY MORNING MEDITATIONS

Fr Steven's most recent 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!"

Learn more on this special page, and purchase at the church, or order online here.

 

Parish Icon - The Holy Mandylion

The Patronal Icon of our Parish, by the hand of Fr. Andrew Tregubov
The Patronal Icon of our Parish, by the hand of Fr. Andrew Tregubov
The Patronal Icon of our Parish, by the hand of Fr. Andrew Tregubov

The 'Image Not Made By Hands'

Celebrated on August 16 - Learn about our Parish Patronal Feast, the Miraculous Image of Christ associated with it and its amazing story, through these special resources:

Read this OCA article about the history and feast of the 'Image Not Made By Hands', the 'Holy Mandylion'.

 

UPDATED FOR 2022! - Download our Orthodox bibliography on the Holy Mandylion and the Shroud of Turin 

This special PDF handout was originally produced for our 2019 Fall Retreat on the Shroud of Turin, and contains embedded links to books, articles, videos and more.

More Parish Features and Info for Newcomers . . .

 

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION — From our Church School program, to our Summer Bible Study, Fall Adult Classes, and Spiritual Retreats, and more, Christ the Savior-Holy Spirit offers many opportunities for deepening our faith while growing in fellowship with our brothers and sisters in Christ. Come and join us!


 

MONASTIC MATTERS  —  Monasticism is essential to the life of the Orthodox Church. Did you know there are about 100 Orthodox monasteries in North America,  several within only a 3-4 hour drive from us? Explore some unique features, videos and articles on Orthodox monastic life, including our annual Parish Monastery Retreats, and much more. On our Monasteries page...


An Ideal Guide to the Liturgy . . .

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 pastor, a faithful presbyter of the Orthodox Church in America.

 

Paperback, 64 pages, full color cover; $9.99 retail.

Follow this link for 20% discount! Learn more and order here...


 

WELCOME - LET'S GET ACQUAINTED! — Get to know us through photos of parish life and of new members to Christ the Savior-Holy Spirit. Also, photos honoring Fr Steven's 30 years at Christ the Savior-Holy Spirit. All this and much more on our Photo & Video Gallery page.


 

PARISH MINISTRIES  —  Christ the Savior-Holy Spirit members serve in various capacities within the church, and our parish helps support various ministries in our local neighborhood, as well as regionally and even internationally. Our Ministries page describes this vibrant area of parish life in more detail. Select ministries have their own pages with additional information. If you're wondering where you might put your God-given talents to work, this is a good place to start!