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.






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This month marks 100 years from the tragic events that followed the February and October revolutions of 1917 in Russia.  The abdication of Czar was remembered in March.  The upcoming centenary of sorrowful events will be marked by a series of undertakings at the cathedral...


In connection with the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, the cathedral will host a visuo-musical concert that will illustrate the sorrowful path of the last 100 years in Russia.  Tickets for the concert are available at the candlestand for $15 which includes lunch.

Thanksgiving Services

On Thanksgiving Day, November 24th at 9 AM there will be a hierarchical Divine Liturgy on the feast of the Iveron Icon of the Mother of God.  Following the Liturgy, there will be a traditional meal in the parish hall to which all are invited.

Please assist in preparation of our Thanksgiving Day luncheon! Work is scheduled for…
Wednesday, November 22nd, from 5 p.m. - hall set up, food preparation
Thursday November 23rd, from 8 a.m. - food preparation, serving, and clean up

This Week at the Cathedral
Week of 13-19 November

Monday -
19.00 - 21.00  LIUBAVA rehearsal

Wednesday -
18.00-19.30 Theatre group

Thursday -
19.00 - 21.00 Rehearsal

First and second sessions of school

12.00 - 15.00 Lunch and concert program "The Space of Sadness"


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) 


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New Reader - 10/16/17

On the patronal feast day of the cathedral, His Eminence Archbishop Peter tonsured Rostislav Gan to the rank of Reader.  We congratulate Reader Rostislav and wish him God's help in his service to the church.  Axios!


Upcoming Services
Sunday, 6 / 19 November
24th Sunday after Pentecost
9:00 Divine Liturgy
Monday, 7 / 20 November
6:30 All-night Vigil
Tuesday, 8 / 21 November
Archangel Michael & Bodiless Powers
8:00 Liturgy
Wednesday, 9 / 22 November
St Nectarius of Pentapolis
6:30 Vespers and Matins
Thursday, 10 / 23 November
Apostle Erast
Thanksgiving Day
9:00 Liturgy
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