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.

Live Webcasts

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Parish Bulletin

Read the latest edition of the Parish Bulletin by clicking here


Quarantine - 05/30/2020

Due to state mandate, the Cathedral remains closed to public worship during the stay-at-home period, but services will be celebrated by clergy and cantors and will be live streamed on our YouTube channel.

The chapel is open outdoors around the clock where you may place candles and write names to be commemorated at the next Divine Liturgy.
In case of an emergency or if you wish to receive Holy Communion at home, please do not hesitate to contact our clergy who in this time of sheltering remain concerned for your physical and spiritual well-being.

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:



Cathedral Donations

Sisterhood Fund

Cathedral News
Donations - 04/08/2020

Many of us make purchases through Amazon, especially at this time.  Amazon has a program for not-for-profit organizations where Amazon donates a certain percentage of the value of the purchases to the organization of your choice.  Our Cathedral participates in this program. Please register for this program, and when you shop through smile.amazon.com, a percentage of the value of your purchases will be automatically donated to our Cathedral.  Just keep in mind, if you don't go through the website smile.amazon.com, your purchases do not count towards the donation.

This link will take you to their registration page:  https://smile.amazon.com/ch/23-7398528


Upcoming Services
Thursday, 15 / 28 May
9:00 Liturgy
Friday, 16 / 29 May
18:30 Vespers and Matins
Saturday, 17 / 30 May
8:00 Liturgy
18:00 All-night Vigil
Sunday, 18 / 31 May
7th Sunday of Pascha
9:00 Divine Liturgy
Tuesday, 20 May / 2 June
18:30 Vespers and Matins
Wednesday, 21 May / 3 June
Ss Constantine & Helen
8:00 Liturgy
Friday, 23 May / 5 June
Apodosis of Ascension
18:30 Vespers and Memorial Matins



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