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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Theophany Services

Eve of Theophany
Vespers & Matins on Tuesday at 6 PM
Ryola Hours on Wednesday at 7 AM
Vespers and Divine Liturgy on Wednesday at 9 AM
Great Blessing of the Waters at approx 11 AM

Vigil on Wednesday at 6:30 PM
Divine Liturgy on Thursday at 9 AM
Great Blessing of the Waters at approximately 11 AM

Synaxis of St. John the Baptist
Vespers and Matins on Thursday at 6:30 PM
Divine Liturgy on Friday at 8 AM

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Cathedral News
Call for Winterfest Vendors - 12/16/16

The date for 2017 Russian Winterfest (maslenitsa) is set for Feb 19, 2017.  Any vendors interested in applying for booths at this year's festival are invited to email Gordana at FaithNetOrth@aol.com


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Upcoming Services
Wednesday, 5 / 18 January
Eve of Theophany
7:00 Royal Hours
9:00 Liturgy, Vespers and Blessing of the Water
6:30 All-night Vigil
Thursday, 6 / 19 January
9:00 Liturgy and Blessing of the Water
6:30 Vespers and Matins
Friday, 7 / 20 January
Synaxis of the Forerunner
8:00 Liturgy
6:30 Vespers and Matins
Saturday, 8 / 21 January
8:00 Liturgy
6:00 All-night Vigil
Sunday, 9 / 22 January
9:00 Divine Liturgy
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