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.
Reopening of the Cathedral - 06/01/2020
Through God's mercy, the governor's quarantine order has been partially lifted and the Church now has the opportunity to gradually return to public services. Having been deprived of the opportunity to pray together, we can now renew and strengthen our private prayer and contemplate the value of the Divine Services.
Notwithstanding the ability to return to the temple, we cannot forget that the threat to the lives and health of people still exists. Accordingly, we must observe the following rules:
1. Maximal occupancy of the Cathedral is now set at 50-55 people and to be able to attend services, we ask that you sign up in advance on our website...
Summer Camp - 06/08/2020
Summer Day Camp at the cathedral is open !
June 8 - August 14
Call to register
Online candles & commemorations
Candles can now be ordered online and will be placed according to your instructions at the next services.
Prosphora commemorations with names of your beloved may also be ordered "for the health of" and "for the repose" to be read at the next Divine Liturgy.
Please see our Russian site: