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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Liturgy of St James

God willing, we will serve the Liturgy of St. James, brother of our Lord on the day on which he is commemorated (Sunday, November 5th).  Because this more ancient liturgy differs significantly from that of the liturgy of St. John Chrysostom to which we are well accustomed, Fr. Leonty will be holding a discussion group to explain the origins and differences in these services.  The first discussion will be following the akathist on Wednesday October 11 (at ~ 7.30 pm) and he will repeat this discussion on Sunday October 29 following the Liturgy.

This Week at the Cathedral

Wednesday -
19.30  Meeting of Winterfest committee

Saturday -
First and second sessions of school

Lunch following the Liturgy

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New Reader - 10/16/17

On the patronal feast day of the cathedral, His Eminence Archbishop Peter tonsured Rostislav Gan to the rank of Reader.  We congratulate Reader Rostislav and wish him God's help in his service to the church.  Axios!


Upcoming Services
Friday, 7 / 20 October
St Jonah of Manchuria
8:00 Liturgy
6:30 Vespers and Matins
Saturday, 8 / 21 October
8:00 Liturgy
6:00 All-night Vigil
Sunday, 9 / 22 October
20th Sunday after Pentecost
Ap James, Son of Alphaeus
9:00 Divine Liturgy
6:00 Vespers and Matins
Monday, 10 / 23 October
Optina Elders
8:00 Liturgy
Wednesday, 12 / 25 October
6:30 Akathist
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