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.
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.
Please see our Russian site:
The world needs peace
War is always a tragedy and devastation, especially fraternicidal war between two orthodox peoples. We are against the war in Ukraine and pray for its cessation and for the suffering people of Ukraine and Russia. Lord have mercy!
Humanitarian aid for Ukraine
Donations for Refugees
Dear brothers and sisters,
We sincerely thank everyone who continues to come to our cathedral to pray for peace in Ukraine. It is very pleasing to see our church full of people who come to pray together and support each other during this very difficult time. A collection for refugees in Ukraine was announced, and more than $50,000 has already been collected! Thank you very much for your generosity! All funds raised will be sent to Metropolitan Onufriy of Kiev and All Ukraine so that he can use them to support those in need.
If anyone else would like to donate, it can be done via link below (please indicate "for refugees" in the notes section).
May God save us all!