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.

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


Week of Jan 20 - 26

17.00  Prosphora
19.00  Dancing

19.00  Dancing

Thursday - 
17.00 Children's choir
18.00 Children's daning
19.00 OTRADA

First and Second sessions of school

No lunch

Daycare runs daily from 7 AM - 4 PM


Cathedral Donations

Sisterhood Fund

Cathedral News
House Blessings - 01/20/20

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.


Upcoming Services
Wednesday, 6 / 19 February
6:30 Akathist
Friday, 8 / 21 February
Great-Martyr Theodore
6:30 Vespers and memorial Matins
Saturday, 9 / 22 February
Saturday of Souls
8:00 Liturgy and Memorial
6:00 All-night Vigil
Sunday, 10 / 23 February
Meatfare Sunday
9:00 Divine Liturgy
Friday, 15 / 28 February
6:30 Vespers and Matins
Saturday, 16 / 29 February
Saturday of Ascetics
8:00 Liturgy
6:00 All-night Vigil
Sunday, 17 February / 1 March
Cheesefare Sunday
9:00 Divine Liturgy and Vespers 



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