Christ the Savior-Holy Spirit Orthodox Church
Archpriest Steven C. Kostoff
4285 Ashland Ave, Cincinnati OH 45212 - (513) 351-0907
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Visit our Nativity Resource Section, updated for 2017...
Visit our Nativity Resource Section, updated for 2017...



The Nativity/Advent Fast begins on Wednesday, November 15. Join us for Vespers that evening at 7 o'clock (commemorating the Holy Apostle & Evangelist Matthew) to begin the Nativity Fast together. A trifold will be available on Sunday with a list of all of the unique services of this season with other Nativity-related material. You can download and print the calendar portion of the trifold here.

Our complete Nativity Season Schedule is also posted on our Online Parish Calendar (available on our Home page and our Worship Schedule page), including special events like our Christmas Café the evening of Friday, December 1, and the Kids' Art Saturday Christmas Ornament Event on Sat. Nov. 18. Additional services may be added throughout the season. You can sync our calendar to your smart-phone, tablet or PC with just one click, and your calendar will automatically be updated when we post new services or make changes.

Be sure to explore our Nativity Resource Section, with special articles, videos, and suggested books and gifts for the Holy Season of the Birth in the Flesh of the Son of God. And plan now to join us for our Festal Services for the Nativity through Theophany.


Join us as we make Christmas Ornaments for a special fundraiser!

Saturday, November 18, 3:00pm - 6:00pm • In the Church Hall

Free event! For all parish children ages 5 and up. All materials with instruction and supervision provided. RSVP requested. Full details & flier here.



We have begun our stewardship/pledge drive for 2018. Please pick up your stewardship packet while in church on Sunday. If you are a parish member and if your name is in the directory, a packet has been prepared for you.

As in the past, we have posted a convenient Online Pledge Form so you can fill out your pledge in a few easy steps. Our goal is to have all pledges turned in by Sunday, November 19.



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!


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.

ORTHODOX WORLD NEWS - Headline news from around the Orthodox world, plus daily podcasts on the saints and scriptures, updated via RSS Feed.



  • Six Monday Evenings through December 11
  • 7:30pm in our Education Center
  • No class Nov. 20
  • Resumes Nov 27

"This year we will be reading The Roots of Christian Mysticism by Olivier Clement. The very prominent Orthodox scholar Fr. Andrew Louth said of this book: 'There are some books so good that all one wants to say is: go out, buy it and read it - it is marvelous!' This book - and the ensuing discussion - will immerse you into Orthodox spirituality like few books possibly could. There is nothing quite like it!" — Fr. Steven

Class notes, outline, and links to order here...

We hope to see you there!


for women & families of Lydia's House and The Dragonfly Foundation

Dear CTS Faithful,

Our annual St. Nicholas Giving Tree goes up this Sunday, November 19, in the Parish hall. This year we will have requests for gifts for the women residents of Lydia's House and their children and for gift cards for the Dragonfly Foundation families.

Please take a tag from the tree and bring the requested gift with the tag attached to church on Sunday December 10th. Gift receipts should be taped to the items. Gifts can be put in gift bags but please do not wrap the gifts. Gift cards should be handed directly to me.  :-)

If you will not be at church on December 10th, please bring your gift to church prior to December 10th.

Thank you in advance for your generosity and support of these families in need of our help.

In Christ,

Terrie Sauer



Dear Parish Faithful,

Remember that charity is an integral part of any fasting season. Being vigilant to the needs of our neighbors is essential. Please assist in re-stocking our food pantry shelves before Saturday, December 2. Below is a list of items we could use.

Canned soup • Canned fruit • Canned veggies
Ravioli • Chili • Meat (canned tuna or chicken)
pasta and pasta sauce • macaroni and cheese
boxed meals (hamburger helper, rice-a-roni, etc)
cereal • instant oatmeal • granola bars & snack items (fruit cups, protein bars, juice boxes, etc)
coffee • cake and brownie mixes
toilet paper • paper towels • soap
toothpaste and toothbrushes

Thank you, as always to the parish, for so faithfully supporting this important ministry.

We also need volunteers for this ministry, both for our Monthly Open Pantry Saturdays, and as Interim Organizers. Please visit our Food Pantry Ministry page for full info...


Originally scheduled for Friday, December 1, at 7pm, we are disappointed to announce that this event has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Our Parish Family Photo - Spring 2017
Our Parish Family Photo - Spring 2017



Our Photo Gallery page features over 400 photos from more than twenty events in the life of the parish over the past year. We hope you enjoy looking back over the feasts, special events, baptisms, and more, even as we look ahead to 2018. Includes our Parish 40th Anniversary, Fall Retreat 2017, and other events from last Autumn and Christmas.  Proceed to our Photo Gallery page...

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