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.

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Parish Bulletin

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Reopening of the Cathedral - 06/01/2020

Through God's mercy, the governor's quarantine order has been partially lifted and the Church now has the opportunity to gradually return to public services.  Having been deprived of the opportunity to pray together, we can now renew and strengthen our private prayer and contemplate the value of the Divine Services.

Notwithstanding the ability to return to the temple, we cannot forget that the threat to the lives and health of people still exists.  Accordingly, we must observe the following rules:

1. Maximal occupancy of the Cathedral is now set at 50-55 people and to be able to attend services, we ask that you sign up in advance on our website...

Summer Camp - 06/08/2020

Summer Day Camp at the cathedral is open !

June 8 - August 14

Call to register

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:



Cathedral Donations

Sisterhood Fund

Cathedral News
Donations - 04/08/2020

Many of us make purchases through Amazon, especially at this time.  Amazon has a program for not-for-profit organizations where Amazon donates a certain percentage of the value of the purchases to the organization of your choice.  Our Cathedral participates in this program. Please register for this program, and when you shop through smile.amazon.com, a percentage of the value of your purchases will be automatically donated to our Cathedral.  Just keep in mind, if you don't go through the website smile.amazon.com, your purchases do not count towards the donation.

This link will take you to their registration page:  https://smile.amazon.com/ch/23-7398528


Upcoming Services
Friday, 20 June / 3 July
18:30 Vespers and Matins
Saturday, 21 June / 4 July
St. John of San Francisco
8:00 Liturgy
18:00 All-night Vigil
Sunday, 22 June / 5 July
4th Sunday after Pentecost
7:00 Early Liturgy
9:00 Late Liturgy
18:00 Vespers and Matins
Monday, 23 June / 6 July
"Vladimir" icon of the Holy Theotokos
8:00 Liturgy
18:30 All-night Vigil
Tuesday, 24 June / 7 July
Nativity of the Forerunner
8:00 Liturgy
Friday, 27 June / 10 July
18:30 Vespers and Matins
Saturday, 28 June / 11 July
8:00 Liturgy
18:00 All-night Vigil



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