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.

First Week of Lent

 Compline with the reading of the canon of St. Andrew of Crete every evening from Monday through Thursday at 6:30 PM

Matins, lenten hours (with Gospel readings) and vespers are chanted every morning beginning at 7 AM

Liturgy of the Pre-Sanctified Gifts on Wednesday and Friday after Vespers (approx 9:30 AM)

St. Theodore of Tyre
Reading of compline and tri-canon with akafist at 6:30 PM on Friday
Matins, Prayers before Communion and Divine Liturgy on Saturday starting at 7 AM

This Week at the Cathedral
Week of Feb 19 - 25

Saturday -
First & Second sessions of school

Lunch - Cheesefare

Боже, Боже мой - К. Шведова
17 Feb 2018 at 12:50pm

Крещение 2018
19 Jan 2018 at 8:52pm


Cathedral Donations

School Building Fund

Cathedral News
School Almost Complete - 02/18/18

Thanks be to God, the final phase of the school building construction is essentially complete.  All that is left is to paint the walls.  God willing, the students will move in sometime in March.


Upcoming Services
Wednesday, 8 / 21 February
Clean Wednesday
7:00 Matins, Hours and Vespers with Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts
6:30 Great Compline with Canon
Thursday, 9 / 22 February
Clean Thursday
7:00 Matins, Hours and Vespers
6:30 Great Compline with Canon
Friday, 10 / 23 February
Clean Friday
7:00 Matins, Hours and Vespers with Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts
6:30 Great Compline and Rules before Communion
Saturday, 11 / 24 February
Saturday of St Theodore
Hieromartyr Blaise
7:00 Matins and prayers before communion
9:00 Liturgy
6:00 All-night Vigil
Sunday, 12 / 25 February
1st Sunday of Great Lent:Sunday of Orthodoxy
9:00 Divine Liturgy
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