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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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)

Prep for Palm Sunday - 04/21/19

Friday April 19th, beginning 10am:
     - Decorating kulichi, packaging, and sorting in boxes by size

Saturday April 20th, beginning 11am:
     - Palm Sunday lunch preparation
     - Preparation of palms/willows (in foyer of the hall) and kulichi (in church entrance) for sale
     - Cathedral clean up

Palm Sunday April 21st, beginning 9am:
     - Sale of Paschal bread (in church entry) and blessed willows (in hall foyer)
     - Preparation of hall after lunch for upcoming basket blessings

Men - please help set up tables and chairs in the hall after lunch!

Palm Sunday - 04/21/19

Feast of the Entry of Our Lord into Jerusalem

Vigil on Saturday at 6 PM
Divine Liturgy on Sunday at 9 AM

Willows will be available at the entrance to the cathedral beginning at 6 PM on Saturday

Please note that the Kursk-Root Icon of the Mother of God will be present at these Divine Services

Sale of kulichi (Easter bread) - 04/28/19

The Sisterhood will begin kulich (Paschal bread) sales on Sunday, April 21, at the entrance to the cathedral. Kulichi can be purchased during services (see service schedule for details)


Cathedral Donations

Sisterhood Fund

Cathedral News
Great Lent Work Days - 03/25/19

The Sisterhood encourages all parishioners to participate in cleaning of the Church in anticipation of Easter (Pasha).
Work will begin after the Divine Liturgy on the following dates:

March 30th – cleaning of iconostas, icon stands, windows etc.
April 6th – cleaning of candle stands
April 13th – (Akathist) – preparation of willows
April 20th - (Lazarus Saturday) – cleaning of the cathedral, preparation of kulichi for sale, preparation of lunch for Palm Sunday
April 27th (Holy Saturday, approximately 2pm) - cleaning of the cathedral, preparation of Pascha meal
April 28th (Pascha) - cleaning of the cathedral (approximately 5am, and after Agape Vespers, at approximately 2pm)


Upcoming Services
Saturday, 7 / 20 April
Lazarus Saturday
8:00 Liturgy
6:00 All-night Vigil
Sunday, 8 / 21 April
9:00 Divine Liturgy
6:00 Vespers and Matins
Monday, 9 / 22 April
Holy Monday
8:00 Hours and Vespers
6:30 Matins
Tuesday, 10 / 23 April
Holy Tuesday
8:00 Hours and Vespers
6:30 Matins
Wednesday, 11 / 24 April
Holy Wednesday
8:00 Hours and Vespers with Presanctified Liturgy
6:30 Matins
Thursday, 12 / 25 April
Holy Thursday
9:00 Hours and Liturgy of St. Basil the Great
Washing of the feet
6:30 Matins with reading of the 12 Gospels
Friday, 13 / 26 April
Holy Friday
8:00 Royal Hours

1:00 Vespers with bringing out the Shroud
6:30 Matins with procession
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