Fourth week of Great Lent
"Let us set out with joy upon the season of the Fast, and prepare ourselves for spiritual combat. Let us purify our soul and cleanse our flesh; and as we fast from food, let us abstain also from every passion. Rejoicing in the virtues of the Spirit may we persevere with love, and so be counted worthy to see the solemn Passion of Christ our God, and with great spiritual gladness to behold His Holy Pascha."
- Stikhera from Forgiveness Sunday vespers
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.
COVID Lockdown - 03/20/20
On Friday, March 20th at 3 PM Governor JB Pritzker issued a stay-at-home order for the state of Illinois beginning on Saturday 3/21/20 from 5 PM until April 7th. This restricts movement for all but essential activity.
Due to state mandate, the Cathedral will be 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.