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.

Konevets Quartet - 09/23/18

The male vocal ensemble "Konevets Quartet" will be in Chicago from Sepember 19 - 23 and will be singing at various churches for Divine Services as indicated on the schedule to the left.

Fall Festival - 09/30/18

September 30

from 12 to 8 pm

Russian food, drinks, entertainment

Weekly Calendar
Sep 17 - Sep 23

17.00 - 21.00  Rehearsal (LUBAVA)

18.00 - 20.00  Theatre group

16.30 - 17.30  Children's choir
17.30 - 18.30  Children's dancing

First & second sessions of school
Church yard cleanup (brotherhood)

LUNCH following Divine Liturgy


Cathedral Donations

Sisterhood Fund

Cathedral News
New school year - 09/08/18

Thanks be to God, on Saturday  September 8, the new academic year of the St Jonah parish school began, but this year in the newly completed building.  This has been a long-standing dream of the parish.  Finally the students are able to study the Law of God, Russian language and literature in appropriate conditions to the glory of God!

Labor Exchange - 08/22/18

Dear Parishioners!  With the blessing of Archbishop Peter, we are forming a parish LABOR EXCHANGE - a type of database for those searching for employment and services. If you are looking for a job, a nanny, a housework assistant, selling a car, etc., or are looking to hire employees for your company, please contact Tatiana Kurkin at (312) 804-4930.

Food offerings - 08/20/18

Due to increased ant activity this year, we ask that food not be left in any areas of the cathedral. This includes the entry to the church/vestibule, at the commemoration table, as well as all other areas in church. Please take home all food brought for commemoration services.


Upcoming Services
Sunday, 10 / 23 September
17th Sunday after Pentecost
9:00 Divine Liturgy
Wednesday, 13 / 26 September
Forefeast Exaltation
Dedication of Church of the Resurrection
6:30 Vigil with Cross Elevation
Thursday, 14 / 27 September
9:00 Liturgy
Friday, 15 / 28 September
6:30 Vespers and Matins
Saturday, 16 / 29 September
Martyr Ludmila
8:00 Liturgy
6:00 All-night Vigil
Sunday, 17 / 30 September
18th Sunday after Pentecost
MM Sophia, Faith, Hope & Love
9:00 Divine Liturgy
Wednesday, 20 September / 3 October
Great-martyr Eustathius
6:30 Akathist
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