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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Holy Fire

This Saturday, on the holiday of the Holy Myrrh-bearing Women, a flame from the Holy Sepulchre which descends on Great & Holy Saturday will come to our cathedral brought all the way from Jerusalem via New York.  All candles in the cathedral will be lit at the moment of the arrival of the Holy Fire.  All the faithful will then be able to bring a flame home to bless their dwellings.

Sunday of the Myrrh-bearing Women

Vigil on Saturday at 6 PM
Divine Liturgy with procession and festal luncheon at 9 AM



This Week at the Cathedral

     17.00-20.00  Baking prosphora

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Cathedral News
Winterfest Summary - 04/04/17

The 8th annual Russian Winterfest took place on Meatfare Sunday, February 19th with blini, meat filled blinchiki, soups, tasting of homemade flavored vodkas as well as song and dance.  More than 500 people visited the festival this year bringing in a total net income of $7,749.76 !  We thank everyone who worked so hard to put this together and make it a success!


Upcoming Services
Sunday, 17 / 30 April
3rd Sunday of Pascha
9:00 Divine Liturgy and Procession
Friday, 22 April / 5 May
6:30 Vespers and Matins
Saturday, 23 April / 6 May
Great-martyr George
8:00 Liturgy
6:00 All-night Vigil
Sunday, 24 April / 7 May
4th Sunday of Pascha
9:00 Divine Liturgy
Tuesday, 26 April / 9 May
6:30 Vespers and Matins
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