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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Pan Orthodox Service

This year marks the 125th anniversary of the founding of the first Orthodox churches in the city of Chicago which will be marked by a pan-Orthodox celebration of the Divine Liturgy on Saturday, October 30.

Preparations for Patronal Feast

On Saturday October 7th, the Sisterhood encourages parishioners to participate in cleaning the Church after Divine Liturgy (at approximately 10 a.m.). Please consider donating paper towels for the work day. On Sunday October 8th, after the Divine Liturgy, the Sisterhood requests everyone’s assistance in setting up our hall for the feast day.  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  Baking prosphors

Russian school AM and PM sessions

Lunch prepared by Brotherhood
Discussion with Fr. Leonty


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Upcoming Services
Thursday, 8 / 21 September
9:00 Liturgy
Friday, 9 / 22 September
Ss Joachim & Anna
6:30 Vespers and Matins
Saturday, 10 / 23 September
8:00 Liturgy
6:00 All-night Vigil
Sunday, 11 / 24 September
16th Sunday after Pentecost
9:00 Divine Liturgy
Tuesday, 13 / 26 September
Forefeast Exaltation
Dedication of Church of the Resurrection
6:30 All-night Vigil with bringing out and raising of the Cross
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