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.


Nativity Fast

The Nativity Fast begins on Saturday and is also called Phillip's Fast as it begins on the day on which Apostle Phillip is commemorated.  This lent lasts 40 days and was instituted in order that Orthodox Christians prepare themselves through prayer and fasting to worthily greet the newly born Christ who appears to us on earth in the form of a child.


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Cathedral News
Prayer by Agreement - 11/01/15

With the blessing of Bishop Peter, all parishioners are asked to try to read the following prayer for the completion of the school building each day at 7 PM, regardless of where you might be

Lottery to Benefit Building Fund - 10/24/15

A lottery to benefit the building fund has just been announced.  The prize - a trip to the Holy Land.


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Upcoming Services
Sunday, 16 / 29 November
26th Sunday after Pentecost
Apostle & Evangelist Matthew
9:00 Divine Liturgy
6:00 Vespers and Matins
Monday, 17 / 30 November
St. Paisius Velichkovsky
8:00 Liturgy
Wednesday, 19 November / 2 December
6:30 Akathist
Thursday, 20 November / 3 December
6:30 All-night Vigil
Friday, 21 November / 4 December
9:00 Liturgy
6:30 Vespers and Matins
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