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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Archbishop Alypy's health - 02/28/19

As many of you already know, Vladika Alypy suffered a recent stroke.  Only speech was affected.  While his condition has improved quite a bit, his speech still is difficult.  He has already been discharged home from the hospital.  We thank you for your continued prayers.

House Blessings - 03/01/19

From Theophany to the beginning of Great Lent, it is possible to have your homes blessed with the water that was sanctified on the feast of Theophany.  Please sign up at the candle stand or talk with one of the clergy in advance.

Weekly Calendar
Feb 18 - 24

17.00 - 18.00  Children's singing
18.00 - 19.00  Children's dancing
19.00 - 21.00  OTRADA

First and second sessions of school

Lunch following Liturgy (Brotherhood)


Cathedral Donations

Sisterhood Fund

Upcoming Services
Saturday, 10 / 23 February
8:00 Liturgy
6:00 All-night Vigil
Sunday, 11 / 24 February
Sunday of the Prodigal Son
Hieromartyr Blaise
9:00 Divine Liturgy
Wednesday, 14 / 27 February
6:30 Akathist
Friday, 16 February / 1 March
6:30 Vespers and Matins
Saturday, 17 February / 2 March
Saturday of Souls
8:00 Liturgy
6:00 All-night Vigil
Sunday, 18 February / 3 March
Meatfare Sunday
9:00 Divine Liturgy
Wednesday, 21 February / 6 March
6:30 Akathist
Recent Photos
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