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.

Live Webcasts

(when available)


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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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Cathedral Donations

Sisterhood Fund

Cathedral News
Parish Bulletin


Orthodox Chicago

Upcoming Services
Saturday, 19 March / 1 April
Saturday of the Akathist
8:00 Liturgy
18:00 All-night Vigil
Sunday, 20 March / 2 April
5th Sunday of Great Lent: St Mary of Egypt
9:00 Divine Liturgy
Thursday, 24 March / 6 April
Forefeast of the Annunciation
17:00 Vespers

18:30 All-night Vigil
Friday, 25 March / 7 April
NM Tikhon of Moscow
8:00 Hours
9:00 Vespers with Liturgy
18:30 Matins
Saturday, 26 March / 8 April
Lazarus Saturday
Archangel Gabriel
8:00 Liturgy
18:00 All-night Vigil
Sunday, 27 March / 9 April
9:00 Divine Liturgy
18:00 Vespers and Matins
Monday, 28 March / 10 April
Holy Monday
8:00 Hours and Vespers
18:30 Matins



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