Holy Virgin Protection Cathedral
Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia
Des Plaines, IL USA

Second week of great lent

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.

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Cutting Willows - 03/23/19

The time has come to cut willow branches. If you are able to help, please come on  March 23rd. Work will begin after the Divine Liturgy.

Liturgy of Pre-Sanctified Gifts - 03/27/19

A liturgy of the Pre-Sanctified Gifts will be served Wednesday, March 27th  at 6:30 in the evening.  This unique liturgy which is combined with vespers will be served in the evening only once in the course of Great Lent in order to allow more people to attend.  Those who wish to commune should try to fast all day, if not physically possible then they should consult with their spiritual father in advance.

Weekly Calendar
Mar 18 - 24

Pastoral conference

Pastoral conference

17.00 - 18.00  Children's choir

Saturday -
First and second sessions of school

Lunch following Liturgy (brotherhood)
Annual parish meeting

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)


Cathedral Donations

Sisterhood Fund

Cathedral News
Annual Parish Meeting - 03/09/19

The Annual Parish Meeting is scheduled for Sunday March 24th following the Divine Liturgy.

Parish Membership

All Orthodox Christians of both sexes, regardless of their nationality, who have reached the age of 21 years, who financially support the parish, who make their confession and take Holy Communion not less than once a year, and who tend to the moral and economic welfare of the parish may become parish members.  Being a member of the Parish, in good standing, allows you to vote at annual Parish meetings and to serve on the Parish Council.  As a tax-exempt organization, our status depends on maintaining and proving membership in the organization.  Membership involves only nominal annual dues.  Membership forms are available at the candle stand.  You need only meet the above requirements and complete a form to declare your membership in the parish.   If you are not Orthodox, but are interested in becoming an Orthodox Christian, please speak to one of the priests.


Upcoming Services
Thursday, 8 / 21 March
6:30 Vespers and Matins
Friday, 9 / 22 March
40 Martyrs of Sebaste
8:00 Hours, Vespers with Presanctified Liturgy
6:30 Memorial Matins
Saturday, 10 / 23 March
Saturday of Souls
8:00 Liturgy and Memorial
6:00 All-night Vigil
Sunday, 11 / 24 March
2nd Sunday of Great Lent: St. Gregory Palamas
9:00 Divine Liturgy
Tuesday, 13 / 26 March
6:30 Vespers and Matins
Wednesday, 14 / 27 March
8:00 Hours
6:30 Vespers with Presanctified Liturgy
Thursday, 15 / 28 March
6:30 Vespers and Matins
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