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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Nativity Fast

The Nativity Fast, which lasts 40 days, beginning on November 28th, was established that we cleanse ourselves through repentance, prayer and fasting, that with a purified heart, soul and body we meet the newly born Son of God bringing unto him not gift of gold and frankincense but the desire to follow his teachings.

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Cathedral News
Russian Winterfest- Call for Volunteers - 12/04/16

This year's Russian Winterfest is scheduled for Sunday February 19th on Meatfare Sunday.  Preparations are underway to make this the biggest and most successful festival so far. Volunteers in many capacities are needed.  If you would like to help, please contact Marina Orzhynska (312-342-4840) or Andrei Urtiew (925-698-4703).


Building Updates
Building repair work complete


Upcoming Services
Wednesday, 24 November / 7 December
Great-martyr Catherine
8:00 Liturgy
6:30 Akathist
Friday, 26 November / 9 December
6:30 Vespers and Matins
Saturday, 27 November / 10 December
Kursk Root Icon
8:00 Liturgy
6:00 All-night Vigil
Sunday, 28 November / 11 December
25th Sunday after Pentecost
9:00 Divine Liturgy
Monday, 29 November / 12 December
6:30 Vespers and Matins
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