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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Covid-19 Precautions - 10/29/2020

Due to recent alarming rise in COVID-19 infections locally, the cathedral is limited to attendance by 50 people at Divine Services. Masks must be worn over the nose and mouth at all times within the cathedral. You should not attend if you feel unwell, have a fever or have been in contact with someone with COVID-19.  Please keep in mind that there are multiple liturgies celebrated throughout the week that you may attend and we ask that you observe physical distancing within the church.

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.

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Cathedral Donations

Sisterhood Fund

Cathedral News
Parish Bulletin


Upcoming Services
Saturday, 15 / 28 November
8:00 Liturgy
18:00 All-night Vigil
Sunday, 16 / 29 November
25th Sunday after Pentecost
Apostle & Evangelist Matthew
7:00 Divine Liturgy
9:00 Divine Liturgy
18:00 Vespers and Matins
Monday, 17 / 30 November
St. Paisius Velichkovsky
8:00 Liturgy
Wednesday, 19 November / 2 December
18:30 Akathist
Thursday, 20 November / 3 December
18:30 All-night Vigil
Friday, 21 November / 4 December
9:00 Liturgy
18:30 Vespers and Matins
Saturday, 22 November / 5 December
8:00 Liturgy
18:00 All-night Vigil



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