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.

Liturgy of Pre-Sanctified Gifts

A liturgy of the Pre-Sanctified Gifts will be served onTuesday, March 20th on the day of the 40 Martyrs of Sebaste at 6:30 in the evening.  This unusual 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.

Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete

Matins with reading of the Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete in its entirety on Wednesday at 6:30 PM


This Week at the Cathedral
Week of Mar 19 - Mar 25

19.30 - 20.30  Youth discussion group (Fr. Leonty)

Saturday -
First & Second sessions of school
Church work day (clean-up)



Cathedral Donations

School Building Fund

Cathedral News
Summer Camp - 03/06/18

The diocesean ORPR summer camp announces opening of registration fot he upcoming 2018 summer camp season.  More information including registration forms, can be found on the camp website:  www.orprcamp.org


School Almost Complete - 02/18/18

Thanks be to God, the final phase of the school building construction is essentially complete.  All that is left is to paint the walls.


Upcoming Services
Tuesday, 7 / 20 March
40 Martyrs of Sebaste
8:00 Hours 
6:30 Vespers with Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts
Wednesday, 8 / 21 March
6:30 Matins with reading of the Great Canon
Thursday, 9 / 22 March
6:30 Vespers and Matins
Friday, 10 / 23 March
8:00 Hours and Vespers with Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts
6:30 Matins with reading of the Akathist
Saturday, 11 / 24 March
Saturday of the Akathist
8:00 Liturgy
6:00 All-night Vigil
Sunday, 12 / 25 March
5th Sunday of Great Lent: St Mary of Egypt
St Gregory the Dialogist
9:00 Divine Liturgy
Thursday, 16 / 29 March
6:30 Vespers and Matins
Recent Photos

Боже, Боже мой - К. Шведова
17 Feb 2018 at 12:50pm

Крещение 2018
19 Jan 2018 at 8:52pm

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