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.

The world needs peace

Please pray for peace and for the suffering people of Ukraine and Russia. Lord have mercy! 

Live Webcasts

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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.

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Vigil service on Monday at 6:30 PM
Divine Liturgy on Tuesday at 9 AM



Cathedral Donations

Sisterhood Fund

Cathedral News
Parish Bulletin


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Upcoming Services
Thursday, 16 / 29 September
Martyr Ludmila
8:00 Liturgy
18:30 Vespers and Matins
Friday, 17 / 30 September
MM Sophia, Faith, Hope & Love
8:00 Liturgy
18:30 Vespers and Matins
Saturday, 18 September / 1 October
8:00 Liturgy
18:00 All-night Vigil
Sunday, 19 September / 2 October
16th Sunday after Pentecost
9:00 Divine Liturgy
Wednesday, 22 September / 5 October
18:30 Akathist
Friday, 24 September / 7 October
St Thecla the Protomartyr
18:30 Vespers and Matins
Saturday, 25 September / 8 October
St Sergius of Radonezh
8:00 Liturgy
18:00 All-night Vigil



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