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.

Memorial Slips

You can fill in your memorial slips in advance and bring them to church 
for commemoration at the proskomedia

files/memorial-form.pdf (304kb)

Live Webcasts

(when available)


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Theophany Services - 01/13/20

Eve of Theophany
Royal Hours on Friday at 8 AM
Vespers & Matins on Friday at 6:30 PM
Vespers and Divine Liturgy on Saturday at 8 AM

Great Blessing of the Waters at approx 11 AM

Vigil on Saturday at 6 PM
Divine Liturgy on Sunday at 9 AM
Great Blessing of the Waters at the end of Liturgy

Synaxis of St. John the Baptist
Vespers and Matins on Sunday at 6 PM
Divine Liturgy on Monday at 8 AM


17.00  Brotherhood washing the fonts

Thursday - 
17.00 Children's choir
18.00 Children's daning
19.00 OTRADA

First and Second sessions of school

No lunch

Daycare runs daily from 7 AM - 4 PM


Cathedral Donations

Sisterhood Fund

Upcoming Services
Saturday, 5 / 18 January
Eve of Theophany
8:00 Liturgy and blessing of water
6:00 All-night Vigil
Sunday, 6 / 19 January
9:00 Divine Liturgy and blessing of water
6:00 Vespers and Matins
Monday, 7 / 20 January
Synaxis of the Forerunner
8:00 Liturgy
Friday, 11 / 24 January
St Theodosius the Great
6:30 Vespers and Matins
Saturday, 12 / 25 January
Martyr Tatiana
8:00 Liturgy
6:00 All-night Vigil
Sunday, 13 / 26 January
9:00 Divine Liturgy
6:00 Vespers and Matins
Monday, 14 / 27 January
Apodosis of Theophany
St Nina of Georgia
8:00 Liturgy



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