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.


Thanks be to God, the final phase of the school building construction has begun!  In order to connect the new building to the existing hall, the bookstore had to be moved temporarily and the foyer partially closed off.  The construction is hoped to be completed by the end of December.


The bookstore will continue to operate during construction

The cathedral bookstore operates on Sundays and church holidays.following the Divine Liturgy as well and by contacting:
847-845-4661 (Natalia)
630-715-0977 (Irina) 


Theophany Services

Eve of Theophany
Vespers & Matins on Wednesday at 6 PM
Royal Hours on Thursdy at 7 AM
Vespers and Divine Liturgy on Thursday at 9 AM
Great Blessing of the Waters at approx 11 AM

Vigil on Thursday at 6:30 PM
Divine Liturgy on Friday at 9 AM
Great Blessing of the Waters at approximately 11 AM

Synaxis of St. John the Baptist
Vespers and Matins on Friday at 6:30 PM
Divine Liturgy on Saturday at 8 AM

St Tatiana's Ball

The parish school of St. Jonah cordially invites you to the St Tatiana's Ball on Friday January 26th at 8 PM

Theme: Movie Stars

For tickets and additional information, please contact Marina Orzhynska at 312-342-4840

This Week at the Cathedral
Week of Jan 15 - Jan 21

17.00 - 20.00  Prosphora

First & Second Session of School

No lunch (hall is reserved)


Cathedral Donations

School Building Fund

Cathedral News
Concert "The Vastness of Sadness" - 12/05/17

On Sunday, November 19, the “Vastness of Sadness” Concert took place after the celebration of Divine Liturgy, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the tragic October revolution...



Upcoming Services
Wednesday, 4 / 17 January
6:30 Vespers and Matins
Thursday, 5 / 18 January
Eve of Theophany
7:00 Royal Hours
9:00 Vespers and Liturgy with blessing of the water
6:30 All-night Vigil
Friday, 6 / 19 January
9:00 Liturgy and blessing of the water
6:30 Vespers and Matins
Saturday, 7 / 20 January
Synaxis of the Forerunner
8:00 Liturgy
6:00 All-night Vigil
Sunday, 8 / 21 January
9:00 Divine Liturgy
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