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.
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.