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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Change in schedule - 01/12/2021

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the following services are CANCELLED:

- Royal Hours on Monday 1/18 at 7 AM
- Synaxis of St. John the Baptist (vigil and liturgy for 1/20)
- St. Nina (vigil and liturgy for 1/27)(

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
Parish Bulletin


Upcoming Services
Saturday, 3 / 16 January
8:00 Liturgy
18:00 All-night Vigil
Sunday, 4 / 17 January
7:00 Divine Liturgy
9:00 Liturgy
18:00 Vespers and Matins
Monday, 5 / 18 January
Eve of Theophany
9:00 Vespers and Liturgy of St. Basil
Great blessing of Water
18:30 All-night Vigil
Tuesday, 6 / 19 January
9:00 Liturgy
Great blessing of Water

Friday, 9 / 22 January
18:30 Vespers and Matins
Saturday, 10 / 23 January
8:00 Liturgy
18:00 All-night Vigil
Sunday, 11 / 24 January
St Theodosius the Great
7:00 Divine Liturgy
9:00 Liturgy
18:00 Vespers and Matins



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