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


O might wonder!  Before us stands the Wood, on which Christ was crucified in the flesh.  The world venerates it and illumined cries aloud: 'Great is the power of the Cross! When devils look upon it, they are burnt; by the sign of the Cross they are consumed with fire.'  O pure and holy Wood, I call thee blessed; I honor thee and worship thee with fear, and I give glory unto God who through thee has bestowed upon me life without end.

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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Church Cleaning

The Sisterhood encourages all parishioners to participate in cleaning of the Cathedral in anticipation of Pasha. Saturday working bees will begin after the Divine Liturgy (at approximately 11am) on the following dates:

  • March 18th – cleaning of iconostas, icon stands, windows etc.
  • March 25th – preparation of willows
  • April 1st – (Akathist) – cleaning of candle stands
  • April 8th (Lazarus Saturday) – preparation of kulichi for sale, clean up of the cathedral, and preparation of Sisterhood lunch for Palm Sunday
  • April 15th (Holy Saturday, approximately 2pm) – clean up of the cathedral, preparation of Pasha meal and hall for basket blessings

Depending on weather conditions, the order of work may be changed.

For further information contact our Head Sister Olga Vlasova at (224)520-1596 or Luba Brueggemann at (224)520-1604.

This Week at the Cathedral

     17.00 - 21.00  Baking kulichi

     17.00 - 21.00  Prosphora

     17.00 - 21.00  Baking kulichi

     11.00 - 13.30   Prepartion of the willows


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Upcoming Services
Friday, 11 / 24 March
8:00 Hours, Vespers with Presanctified Liturgy
6:30 Memorial Matins
Saturday, 12 / 25 March
Saturday of Souls
St Gregory the Dialogist
8:00 Liturgy and panikhida
6:00 All-night Vigil
Sunday, 13 / 26 March
4th Sunday of Great Lent: St John Climacus
9:00 Divine Liturgy
Wednesday, 16 / 29 March
6:30 Matins with the reading of the Great Canon
Thursday, 17 / 30 March
Great Canon
St Patrick of Ireland
6:30 Vespers and Matins
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