Holy Virgin Protection Cathedral
Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia
Des Plaines, IL USA

Fourth week of Great Lent

"Let us set out with joy upon the season of the Fast, and prepare ourselves for spiritual combat.  Let us purify our soul and cleanse our flesh; and as we fast from food, let us abstain also from every passion.  Rejoicing in the virtues of the Spirit may we persevere with love, and so be counted worthy to see the solemn Passion of Christ our God, and with great spiritual gladness to behold His Holy Pascha."

- Stikhera from Forgiveness Sunday vespers

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.

Memorial Slips

You can fill in your memorial slips in advance and bring them to church 
for commemoration at the proskomedia

files/memorial-form.pdf (304kb)

Live Webcasts

(when available)


follow the link for LIVESTREAM


COVID Lockdown - 03/20/20

On Friday, March 20th at 3 PM Governor JB Pritzker issued a stay-at-home order for the state of Illinois beginning on Saturday 3/21/20 from 5 PM until April 7th.  This restricts movement for all but essential activity.

Due to state mandate, the Cathedral will be closed to public worship during the stay-at-home period, but services will be celebrated by clergy and cantors and will be live streamed on our YouTube channel.

For the memorial service on Saturdays, parishioners may leave lists of names to be commemorated at a table outside of the covered entrance to the church.
In case of an emergency or if you wish to receive Holy Communion at home, please do not hesitate to contact our clergy who in this time of sheltering remain concerned for your physical and spiritual well-being.


In conjunction with coronavirus situation, all public activities including Saturday schoo, daycare and Sunday lunches have been cancelled.


Cathedral Donations

Sisterhood Fund

Cathedral News
Prevention - 03/09/20

In conjunction with the recent concerns over COVID-19 (coronavirus), if you have a fever or active cough we ask that you stay home and join us by following our live webcasts.

Annual Parish Meeting - 02/20/20

Due to unexpected circumstances the annual parish council meeting will be moved from March 15th to April 26th.  This allows for more time to register as parish members to have the right to vote at the meeting.

Parish Membership

All Orthodox Christians of both sexes, regardless of their nationality, who have reached the age of 21 years, who financially support the parish, who make their confession and take Holy Communion not less than once a year, and who tend to the moral and economic welfare of the parish may become parish members.  Being a member of the Parish, in good standing, allows you to vote at annual Parish meetings and to serve on the Parish Council.  As a tax-exempt organization, our status depends on maintaining and proving membership in the organization.  Membership involves only nominal annual dues.  Membership forms are available at the candle stand.  You need only meet the above requirements and complete a form to declare your membership in the parish.   If you are not Orthodox, but are interested in becoming an Orthodox Christian, please speak to one of the priests.


Upcoming Services
Monday, 24 March / 6 April
Forefeast of the Annunciation
16:00 Vespers
18:30  All-night Vigil
Tuesday, 25 March / 7 April
NM Tikhon of Moscow
9:00 Vespers and Liturgy
Thursday, 27 March / 9 April
18:30 Vespers and Matins
Friday, 28 March / 10 April
8:00 Hours and Vespers with Presanctified Liturgy
18:30 Matins
Saturday, 29 March / 11 April
Lazarus Saturday
8:00 Liturgy
18:00 All-night Vigil
Sunday, 30 March / 12 April
9:00 Divine Liturgy
18:00 Vespers and Matins
Monday, 31 March / 13 April
Holy Monday
St Innocent of Moscow
8:00 Hours and Vespers
18:30 Matins



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