Christ the Savior / Holy Spirit Church

Cincinnati, Ohio

Christ the Savior / Holy Spirit Church

Founded 1976

Diocese: Diocese of the Midwest

Deanery: Indianapolis Deanery

Address

4285 Ashland Ave
Cincinnati, Ohio 45212

http://www.christthesavioroca.org

Office: 513-351-0907

Parish Contacts

V. Rev. Steven Kostoff
Rector
2419 Jefferson Ave
Norwood, OH 45212
Home: 513-521-0934

Lay Leadership

Mrs. Patricia Pride
Choir Director
Home: 513-677-8156
Presbytera Deborah Kostoff
Church School Coordinator

Directions

General Location
Christ the Savior / Holy Spirit Orthodox Church is located in Norwood, just 15 minutes north of downtown Cincinnati between Interstates 71 and 75.

From Interstate 71 (from either north or south)
Exit at Norwood Lateral (Rte 562).  You will be heading west on 562 for less than 1 mile.  Exit at the Montgomery Rd exit and turn left at the end of the exit ramp.  At the traffic light (2 blocks ahead) turn left (onto Montgomery Rd).  You will go through 4 traffic lights and just past Surrey Square Shopping Mall (on your left), make a left onto Monroe Ave.  The Church is 2 blocks ahead on the right.

From Interstate 75 (from either north or south)
Exit at Norwood Lateral (Rte 562).  You will be heading east on 562 for about 3 miles.  Exit at the Montgomery Rd exit and follow signs for Montgomery Rd.  Turn left onto Montgomery Rd.  You will go through 4 traffic lights and just past Surrey Square Shopping Mall (on your left), make a left onto Monroe Ave.  The Church is 2 blocks ahead on the right.

Schedule of Services

Vespers is served at 7:00 PM on differing days (call for schedule).
Daily—Evening

6:00 PM Great Vespers followed by Confessions.
Saturday Evening

9:30 AM Divine Liturgy followed by Church School for the children and a short discussion time for the adults.
Sunday Morning

9:10 AM Hours.
Sunday Morning

8:30 AM Matins (only on some Sundays—call for schedule).
Sunday Morning

7:00 PM Lenten Vespers (DURING GREAT LENT).
Sunday Evening

7:00 PM Great Vespers with Litiya.
Eves of Great Feasts

6:00 PM Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts.
Wednesday Evenings in Great Lent

7:00 PM Vespers with a Lenten Discussion.
Friday Evenings in Great Lent

Parish Background

Since the day of Pentecost, the Orthodox Church has maintained continuity with Jesus Christ and the Apostles (Acts 2).  Now, two thousand years old, the Orthodox Church has remained true to the faith “once and for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3).  Through missionary activity, the Gospel (the Good News) has been spread throughout the world.

Orthodoxy came to America over two hundred years ago, in 1794 to be exact, when Orthodox Missionaries arrived in Alaska.  From there, the Orthodox Faith was introduced to the “lower forty-eight” States.  With the arrival of immigrants in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Orthodoxy became part of the American religious landscape.

Our parish
Christ the Savior / Holy Spirit Orthodox Church is a parish in the Midwest Diocese if the Orthodox Church in America (OCA).  His Grace, the Rt Rev JOB, Bishop of Chicago, is our Diocesan Bishop.

Our community, founded in 1976, consists of Orthodox Christians from various ethnic, cultural, and racial backgrounds.  Almost half are converts to the Orthodox Faith.  Our vision as a parish is to be as faithful as possible to the living Tradition of the Church, and yet be as open as possible to our American culture so that everyone may respond to the proclamation of the Gospel.

The Church Building
Visiitors often ask about our building, its history and the iconography.  The building was built in 1913 as an Episcopal Church.  Our parish purchased it in 1985 and began its restoration in 1986.  The goal of the restoration is to blend the original beauty of the rich hand carved wood furnishings and stained glass with Orthodox Iconography in a suitable style.

The iconostasis (altar screen), perhaps the feature most widely associated with Orthodox Churches, is constructed from carved wood from the original communion rail.  Parishioner Kay Maydak painted four of the Icons:  Christ, the Mother of God, and Saints Simeon and Katherine.  Other icons, the Last Supper, the Royal and Deacons Doors, Feast Days, and those of other Saints, are painted in the traditional style of egg tempera on wood by Fr Andrew Tregubov.

Orthodox Christians in good sacramental standing are invited to become members of the parish, the Diocese and the Orthodox Church in America.  Parish membership affords the right and responsibility to vote in parish meetings. Parishioners participate on the parish council and support the church with their time, talents, and treasure.  Financial contributions to the parish are handled by a pledge and envelope system.  You must be a baptized Orthodox Christian in order to partake of the sacraments, but any baptized Christian may receive the Antidoron (“instead of gift”) in our diocese.,