Holy Virgin Protection Cathedral
Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia
Des Plaines, IL USA


Welcome to the parish website of the Holy Virgin Protection Cathedral, a Russian Orthodox church located in Des Plaines, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. Our church is a prominent place of worship for all the Russian Orthodox who live in Chicago and has as its goal the preservation of the spiritual traditions and the treasure of church services of ancient Russian Orthodoxy.  We are glad you are visiting our site and would like to invite you to acquaint yourself with our church and parish by exploring other pages. We hope to see you in person in our church where you will be able to enjoy the iconographic art, hear the splendid singing of our choir and to share in the joy of our Divine Services.



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Pascha of the Lord

Nocturne at 11:30 PM
Procession with the Cross, Paschal Matins and Divine Liturgy at midnight

Paschal Vespers on Sunday at 12 PM


  • On Holy Saturday (April 30th) following the Divine Liturgy (approximately 1:00 p.m.)
  • On the Paschal eve (April 30th) at 8:00, 9:00 and 10:00 p.m., prior to the start of the midnight service
  • Following the Paschal Liturgy (approximately 3 a.m.) on Sunday, May 1st
  • After Paschal Vespers (approximately 1 p.m.) on Sunday, May 1st


Sale of kulichi (Easter bread)

The Sisterhood will begin kulich (Paschal bread) sales on Sunday, April 24th, at the entrance to the cathedral. Kulichi can be purchased during services (see service schedule for details)

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Cathedral News
Pilgrimage - 03/24/16

Announcing a pilgrimage to the Holy Land this spring led by Bishop Peter


Building Updates


Upcoming Services
Saturday, 17 / 30 April
Holy Saturday
9:00 Vespers and Liturgy
8:00 Reading of the Acts of the Apostles
11:30 Nocturne
Sunday, 18 April / 1 May
12:00 midnight Nocturn and Liturgy
12:00 noon Vespers
Monday, 19 April / 2 May
Bright Monday
8:00 Matins and Liturgy
6:30 Vespers
Tuesday, 20 April / 3 May
Bright Tuesday
8:00 Matins and Liturgy
6:30 Vespers
Wednesday, 21 April / 4 May
Bright Wednesday
8:00 Matins and Liturgy
6:30 Vespers
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