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.

7th Annual Russian Winterfest

Official dates for this year's Russian Winterfest are set for Sunday, February 21st.  Let your family and friends know to come celebrate the warmth of a cold Russian winter at the cathedral's 7th annual bliny shrovetide festival!

Annual Parish Meeting

The Annual Parish Meeting is scheduled for Sunday February 14th following the Divine Liturgy.

(Feb 12th):  The Annual Parish Meeting which was scheduled for Sunday February 14th has been postponed until April.

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Cathedral News
HVAC Repairs - 02/03/16

You might have noticed that in the month of January it has been rather cold in the cathedral.  It turns out that the heating system completely broke down and had to be replaced.

Parish Yolka - 01/09/16

With 144 students this year, the parish yolka was divided into two peformances on Saturday and Sunday, January 9th and 10th. 


Building Updates
Prayer by Agreement
Lottery to Benefit Building Fund


Upcoming Services
Saturday, 31 January / 13 February
8:00 Liturgy
6:00 All-night Vigil
Sunday, 1 / 14 February
9:00 Divine Liturgy
General Annual Parish Meeting
6:00 All-night Vigil
Monday, 2 / 15 February
9:00 Liturgy
Wednesday, 4 / 17 February
6:30 Akathist
Friday, 6 / 19 February
6:30 Vespers and Matins
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