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

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Christ the Savior Photo & Video Gallery

Fr Steven & Presvytera Deborah
Fr Steven & Presvytera Deborah
Fr Steven & Presvytera Deborah
Updated December 20, 2017


Welcome to our Photo and Video Page!

With the growing number of photos of events being provided by more and more parishioners, as well as occasional videos of interest to the parish, it seemed wise to host all these media on one Gallery. This is a modest start right now, but we have high hopes for the future!
This main Photo & Video Gallery covers feasts and events dating back a year or two. For more glimpses of parish life at Christ the Savior-Holy Spirit visit our Archives!

We hope you enjoy this growing feature of our parish website!

May it be blessed!

* NOTE:  Events are added in reverse chronological order, most recent at top, oldest at bottom.

Bishop Paul visits, ordains Dn Johnothon Sauer

Baptism of Anna Joy Wesner

'Born of Water and the Spirit!' - 07/16/17


On Sunday, July 16, Fr. Steven baptized Anna Wesner, daughter of Dave and Kyra Wesner. Anna's sponsors are Bob Markvan and Kerry Wesner. The baptismal liturgy serves as a reminder to us of our own baptismal vows and confession of faith.

God grant them Many Years!


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Chrismation of Kathy Wynkoop

'The Seal of the Gift of the Holy Spirit!' - 06/18/17


On Sunday, June 18, Fr. Steven received Kathy Wynkoop into the Church through the Sacament of Chrismation. At Great Vespers the previous evening, Kathy made her Confession of the Faith, and received the Sacrament of Repentance (Confession). Kathy is married to Brian Wynkoop, and mother of Cora, Virginia and Isaac.

This slide show also includes some close ups of some of the altar boys, and of Reader Johnothon Sauer.

Welcome Kathy, and God grant you Many Years!


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The Great Feast of Pentecost

'The Fulfillment of God's Plan, and Our Lives' - 06/04/17

From Fr Steven:

"We were blessed with a wonderful celebration of the Great Feast of Pentecost.  Both the Great Vespers on Saturday evening and the Liturgy yesterday were well-attended. And most of the parish remained for the Vespers of Pentecost following the Liturgy and the Kneeling Prayers that characterize that service.  As a final and joyful rite, leaves were thrown into the air to descend upon us in a symbolic recreation of the descent of the Holy Spirit as "tongues of fire" that were distributed upon the disciples of Christ on the first Pentecost in Jerusalem (ACTS 2:1-11). 

"The Feast of Pentecost can serve as time to reaffirm our faith in Christ and renew our life in the Church.  As we sang in one of the hymns of the Vespers of Pentecost:  'So now that our hearts have been spiritually enlightened strengthened in faith by the Holy Spirit, let us pray that our souls may be saved'."

Continue to imbibe the 'new wine' of this Great Feast through our Pentecost Resource Section, and through Fr Steven's Meditations on Pentecost.

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Cross the Bridge for Life

June 4, 2017



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...


High School Graduates, 2017!

May 21, 2017


After the Divine Liturgy on Sunday, May 21, Fr. Steven congratulated our graduating seniors on a job well done, and encouraged them to continue strong in the Faith, blessing them as they proceed to college and conservatory!


God Grant You Many Years!



Installation of Parish Council, Blessing of Renovated Hall

A Double Blessing for the Parish - 05/14/17

On Sunday, May 14, following the Divine Liturgy, Fr Steven installed and offered the blessing for our Parish Council, who were elected at our Annual Parish Meeting back in February. Immediately following, Fr Steven blessed our recently renovated Parish Hall, which is now adorned with beautiful, large icons of Christ and the Theotokos.

'Many Years' to our Parish Council, especially as we continue with the next phases of the Church Hall Renovation Project!

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Magdalena Lily Frasch Baptism

'Born of Water and the Spirit...' - 04/30/17

On the Sunday of the Holy Myrrhbearers, Magdalena Frasch, daughter of Preston and Natasha, was received into the Orthodox Church through Baptism and Chrismation. Her sponsors are Laura Menze and Ralph Sidway. Magdalena's patron saint is the Myrrhbearer and 'Equal to the Apostles' St Mary Magdalene, making this baptism on the Sunday of the Myrrhbearers most appropriate.

'Many Years' to the newly illumined Magdalena Lily, her parents and sponsors!

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Agape Vespers

Pascha Sunday afternoon features this beloved service - 04/16/17

At Agape Vespers, one of the Resurrection accounts from the Gospel according to St John is read in several lnguages, proclaiming the universality of the Gospel message, and setting the stage for the Sunday of St Thomas the following week.

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Pascha Night - The Feast of Feasts!


Enjoy these photos of Pascha Night, from the Nocturns Service, to the coming forth of the Holy Light, the Paschal Procession and service at the entrance of the church, to Paschal Matins and the Divine Liturgy. Our Agape Meal was celebrated in oru renovated church hall. Special thanks to Mickey Callender for photos of the altar, children, and much more.

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Great and Holy Friday

Processions with the Burial Shroud of Christ highlight Holy Friday services - 04/14/17

With the Vespers of the Taking Down of Christ from the Cross Friday afternoon, and the Matins of Holy Saturday with Lamentations at the Tomb and the Procession with the Epitaphios Holy Friday evening, the Church celebrates the great mystery of the Son of God submitting Himself to death for our sakes.

'This is the Blessed Sabbath, on which Christ Himself rests to arise on the Third Day!'

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Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts

'Now the Powers of Heaven invisibly do serve...' - 04/05/17

These photos show glimpses of the deeply mystical service of the Presanctified Liturgy, served on Wednesdays during Great Lent.

Our remodeled church hall was completed in time to cvelebrate a Lenten Potluck Meal following the final Presanctified Liturgy of Great Lent 2017, and was a highlight of the Lenten season as we turned towards Palm Sunday and Holy Week.

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Jim Jennings Chrismation

Many Years to our dear brother Jim Jennings! - 04/02/17

On Saturday April 1 an Sunday April 2, we received our dear friend Jim Jennings into the Orthodox Church by the sacraments of Confession and Chrismation. Perfect timing, as we were able to celebrate Jim's chrismation with our first fellowshiup our in our newly renovated church hall. 'Many Years to Jim and his sponsor, Andrew Herbst!

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Veneration of the Precious and Lifegiving Cross

The Mid-Point of Great Lent refreshes the Faithful - 03/19/17

The Veneration of the Cross on the Third Sunday of Lent is a powerful and pivotal reminder of the purpose of our Life in the Church. These images capture a bit of the solemnity of the feast with the Procession of the Cross with veneration by the faithful at Great Vespers, and the enture parish singing 'Before Thy Cross' following the Divine Liturgy on Sunday.

For more on the Cross, see Fr. Steven's Meditation, 'Connecting the Cross with our Lives'.


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Great Lent 2017 - Part 1

Fogiveness Vespers...

The 'Joy-Creating Sorrow' of Lent is experienced in the Church - 02/27/17


From another deeply moving Vespers of Forgiveness, to many coming to the compunctionate Great Canon of Repentance of the First Week, Great Lent has begin with solid dedication for the parish.


Join us for the many special services, including the Presanctified Liturgy on Wednesday evenings and the Akathist Hymn on Fridays, and watch for updates through the saving Forty Days as we continue to post new photos...


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Fogiveness Vespers...
Great Canon of St Andrew of Crete, The First Week...
Memorial Saturday...
Annual Parish Meeting

February 12, 2017


Our Annual Parish Meeting was well attended, and reports included a review of the Church Hall Renovation Project. Parishioners are welcome to review the various reports and documents on our Parish Corner page (password-protected).


Meeting of the Lord & Candlemas

'A Light to Enlighten the Gentiles...' - 02/01/17


We celebrated a beautiful Vesperal Liturgy for the Feast of the Meeting of the Lord in the Temple, crowned by the traditional blessing of candles for Candlemas...


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Chrismation of Preston (Nicholas) Frasch

'The Seal of the Gift of the Holy Spirit!' — Amen! - 12/18/16

On Sunday, December 18, 2016, during the Little Entrance of the Divine Liturgy, Father Steven received into the Orthodox Church, through the Sacrament of Chrismation, the servant of God Preston Frasch. His patron saint is St Nicholas of Japan, and his sponsor is Curtis (Theophan) Rutherford. God grant you Many Years!

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St Nicholas Day Pageant & Charity Dinner - Photos & Video

An annual tradition for 25 years! - 12/11/16

Our annual St Nicholas Day Pageant and Charity Dinner, put on by our Church School students and teachers, was a delight and great fun for all.


Presvytera Deborah introduced the event, and called to mind that this has been an annual highlight of the parish for a quarter century or so now. Joe Foster played Christmas carols on Celtic harp as we entered the church hall, and the Pageant itself was a creative alphabetized rendering of the story of the Nativity of Christ, with several speaking parts and our littlest students punctuating the readings from A to Z.


After singing 'O Come, All Ye Faithful', we had a visit from St Nicholas. The teens then served a tasty lenten meal to conclude this wonderful event. All funds collected for the dinner will be distributed to a charity chosen by the students.


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Baptism of Natasha Irene Boyd

'As many as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ!' - 12/10/16

On Saturday, December 10, 2016, parish faithful, family and friends gathered for the baptism of Natasha Irene, daughter of John and Nika Boyd. God grant the newly-illumined Natasha, her parents, brother, sponsors and family Many Years!

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Parish 40th Anniversary Celebration

Parish Faithful and Friends gather for landmark event - 11/06/16

Our 40th Anniversary Celebration was a great success, with a large turnout of all ages, wonderful catered meal & drinks, and a splendid presentation by Joe Kormos on the history of our hyphenated parish. Dancing capped an afternoon of "looking back and looking ahead..."


Many thanks to Joyce Kormos and an inspired team whose efforts resulted in a delightful event for the parish!


Download and/or view our two special online features:


History of the Parish in Pictures - by Joe Kormos


Giving Thanks - Reflections on the 40th Anniversary Commemorative Booklet


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Fall Retreat with Fr Andrew Stephen Damick

Parish & Guests immerse themselves in 'The Church In and After the Scriptures' - 10/22/16

Our two-day Autumn Retreat on October 21 & 22, featuring noted author and podcaster Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick. was well attended by parishioners and numerous guests from the region. Learn more about Fr Damick and the retreat here.




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Welcome New Members!

Updated December 16, 2016



Be sure to introduce yourselves

and get acquainted at coffee hour!


Scroll down to see more new member photos from 2015 and earlier!

Dr Nicole Roccas previews her new book, 'Time and Despondency'


From Father Steven:


[During our October 30] post-Liturgy discussion, we were treated to a short, but excellent presentation by our former parishioner, Dr. Nicole Roccas. Nicole spoke of her forthcoming book that will be titled Time and Despondency.  In fact, she actually read the first couple of pages of her Introduction for us yesterday.

It was all quite intriguing, and based on these few pages I am now eagerly anticipating the release of her book sometime next year.  A fruitful discussion ensued as Nicole was able to take on a few good questions in our short time frame.  In her book, she will be dealing with the phenomenon of despondency, and how that universal affliction relates to time...


Continue reading on Fr. Steven's Meditations blog...


Parish savors Brazilian Brunch courtesy of St Katherine Sisterhood

A hearty meal with colorful decorations celebrates Brazilian cuisine - 10/09/16

Our thanks to the parish for their strong support of St. Katherine’s Annual Ethnic Dinner. The hall was beautifully decorated for our Brazilian theme by Roberta and the meal was beautifully orchestrated by Shirley and various members of St. Katherine’s – our thanks for all of their dedication and hard work.

In Christ,
Presv. Deborah/St. Katherine’s Sisterhood


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Exaltation of the Cross

'Through the Cross, Joy...' - 09/14/16

September 14 is the Feast Day of the Universal Exaltation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross. We celebrated the Divine Liturgy for the Feast, and there was a representative body of parishioners here for the service, considering that this is a week/work day. The evening of the 13th, we had many of the parish faithful for the Great Vespers and procession with the Cross, as shown in these photos.

This particular focus on the Cross is rooted in an historical event of the 4th c.  Please read the OCA website's account of the feast to become aware of this Feast's origins.

(Special thanks to Pat Pride and Roberta & Scott Robedeau for their photos of the decorated Cross.)


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Back to School Game Night

Game Night at Christ the Savior - 08/21/16

Our parish teens were treated to a "Back-to-School Game Night" at the church this past Sunday, August 21.  Actually, we began at 4:00 p.m. and "played" till 7:00 p.m.  Besides the various games, there was pizza for dinner.  As you can see from the photos, there were some games requiring great concentration, and a splendid time was had by all!

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Feasts of Transfiguration and Dormition

Full Liturgical Cycle celebrated for Great Feasts - 08/15/16

We celebrated the final two Great Feasts of the Church Year with full liturgical cycles, Great Vespers with the blessing of wheat, wine and oil (Litya) on the eve of the feasts, and the Divine Liturgy on the mornings of August 6 (Transfiguration) and August 15 (Dormition). For the Transfiguration, the blessing of fruit baskets immediately followed Liturgy, while for Dormition, the blessing of herbs and flowers was performed. These photos show some of the festal joy shared by the faithful...

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Antiochian Village sees large troop from Christ the Savior-Holy Spirit

July 25, 2016


Dear Parish Faithful,
This is an awesome photo of what seems like a substantial part of our parish membership:  A large group of our young adults - not the "next generation" but the current generation - gathered together in a spirit of close friendship and fellowship at this summer's Antiochian Village camp. 

The Village, as it is called, has proven to be a real Godsend for countless Orthodox youth throughout the United States and Canada; a place where our youth can grow together in the Faith and in forging relationships that last for years into the future.  The Antiochian Archdiocese has done a remarkable job in building up the Village throughout the years.  With seventeen campers, this might be our largest group yet. I wonder how many other parishes have as many "happy campers" at the Village as we do?!
We would like to thank Dn. Paul Gansle for sharing this photo with us.
Fr. Steven

See a few more photos immediately below.




Summer Workshops 2016

Parish Workshops Come to an End - 06/23/16

Thursday evening, June 23, we had the final presentations of this year's Parish Workshops. And once again, it seems clear that everyone had a most enjoyable evening of learning, sharing and fellowship. 


There were about forty-five participants and a few observers present.  The items completed in the Clay, Pysanki Eggs, and Photography workshops were on display; and we had demonstrations of table tennis, chess games and folk dancing to round out the presentations.  There was a good combination of children and adults working together for the last two weeks. And there were some definite skills in all of these workshops on display.


We would like to thank our Workshop coordinator, Presvytera Deborah, and all of the workshop leaders for their time and effort.  It was a good time had by one and all!


- Fr. Steven



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