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.


Protection of the Most Holy Theotokos
Vigil service on Sunday at 6 PM
Blessing of the Water on Monday at 7 AM
Divine Liturgy on Monday at 9 AM
Festal meal folllowing Divine Liturgy to which all are welcome

Week of Oct 14 - 20

Pastoral conference

Thursday -
Children's singing   17.00
Children's dancing  18.00
OTRADA (in foyer)  19.00

First & Second sessions of school

Lunch following Divine Liturgy

Daycare runs daily from 7 AM - 4 PM

Preparations for Patronal Feast - 10/02/19

October 12th, Church cleaning after the Divine Liturgy
October 13th, cleaning of Church after the Divine Liturgy, changing of vestments, hall set up. 

Please consider donating paper towels and vinyl work gloves.

Work in the kitchen is scheduled for:
October 12th, 12 pm to 6 pm
October 13th, 12 pm to 6 pm
October 14th, from 8 am food preparation, serving, cleaning up after lunch

Diocesan Pastoral Conference
October 15th, from 6 am to 8 pm (breakfast, lunch and dinner) food preparation, serving and clean up for each meal

For further information contact Olga Vlasova at (224) 520-1596 or Luba Brueggemann at (224) 520-1604.


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)


follow the link for LIVESTREAM



Cathedral Donations

Sisterhood Fund

Upcoming Services
Monday, 1 / 14 October
Protection of the Theotokos
7:30 Blessing of water
9:00 Liturgy with moleben
6:30 Vespers and Matins
Tuesday, 2 / 15 October
8:00 Liturgy
6:30 Vespers and Matins
Wednesday, 3 / 16 October
8:00 Liturgy
6:30 Akathist
Friday, 5 / 18 October
Holy Hierarchs of Moscow
6:30 Vespers and Matins
Saturday, 6 / 19 October
Apostle Thomas
8:00 Liturgy
6:00 All-night Vigil
Sunday, 7 / 20 October
18th Sunday after Pentecost
St Jonah of Manchuria
9:00 Divine Liturgy
Tuesday, 9 / 22 October
Ap James, Son of Alphaeus
6:30 Vespers and Matins



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