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



September-October Meetings & Events:

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

Gospel City Mission Dinner - Tuesday, September 26 (contact Anastasia Kostoff)
Fall Retreat - Nadieszda Kizenko, Saturday, September 30 following Great Vespers
Fall Ethnic Dinner - Polish Cuisine, Sunday, October 15




A New Semester - "I am beginning my Fall semester at Xavier University on August 21. I am teaching my Eastern Orthodox Church course. The time of the course is MWF from 1:00 - 1:50 p.m. If  anyone would like to sit in on a lecture, please let me know. It would be nice to have you." - Fr Steven



     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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A Latter-Day Saint: Fr. John of Kronstadt, with Distinguished Guest Speaker, Dr. Nadieszda Kizenko

"Announcing our Fall (Mini-)Retreat with Dr. Nadieszda Kizenko on Saturday, September 30. Dr. Kizenko is a very distinguished scholar — and a practicing Orthodox Christian — and she has written the definitive biography on one of the most beloved saints of late Imperial Russia - Fr. John of Kronstadt (+1908). It will be good for us to hear of a "latter day" saint of the Church from her...."  — Fr. Steven

Full details, flier, plus links with more info on our Special Retreat Page.


Progress Report - (Sept 15)The church hall will not ready for our regular refreshments/coffee hour this coming Sunday, September 17. We have quite a clean-up project still ahead of us, and we need as much assistance as possible. To repeat: We still need another person - perhaps two - for the work that will begin at 8:00 a.m. tomorrow morning (Sat. Sept 16).

For this clean-up a large crew is needed, hopefully as many as 10 parishioners. The primary goal is to clean off the tables and chairs, but there is also a considerable amount of work to be done in the kitchen. Unfortunately, we will not be able to complete the table and chair preparation because one necessary product - protective "feet" for the chairs - will not arrive until later next week, the order being delayed we are told. That will be another project in itself, perhaps to be scheduled for next Saturday.

Church School Beginning Postponed - Due to everything stated above, the Church School opening will be postponed for another week. Our goal is to now begin on Sunday, September 24.


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...


On Saturday, September 2, we opened our pantry to 15 guests. Two of these guests were children who came with their mother. It was fun to meet the kids and invite them to come to the Garden Camp programs I lead in west Norwood. The family had just moved to the neighborhood (just a block down from me!) and they were eager to plug into the surrounding community resources and activities.

Gary George and I were so grateful for the abundance of food that was waiting in the pantry for us to distribute. Each month, we set up tables in a corner of the church hall and line the food up by category. That way our guests can come through and choose the kinds of foods they want. Because of the parish's donations this month, we were able to offer extras of several items and a couple people mentioned how helpful it was to receive all the food. Thank you so much to Christ the Savior faithful for stocking our shelves so well and supporting this ministry.


Thank you so much,
Erin Tuttle Lockridge

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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