Holy Virgin Protection Cathedral
Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia
Des Plaines, IL USA

The ascension of our lord

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

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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


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Upcoming Services
Friday, 8 / 21 June
Apodosis of Ascension
Great-Martyr Theodore
18:30 Vespers and Matins
Saturday, 9 / 22 June
Saturday of Souls
8:00 Liturgy
18:00 All-night Vigil
Sunday, 10 / 23 June
9:00 Divine Liturgy & Vespers
18:00 Matins
Monday, 11 / 24 June
Spirit Monday
Apostles Batholomew & Barnabas
New-Martyrs of China
8:00 Liturgy
Friday, 15 / 28 June
18:30 Vespers and Matins
Saturday, 16 / 29 June
St John of Shanghai & San Francisco
8:00 Liturgy
18:00 All-night Vigil
Sunday, 17 / 30 June
1st Sunday after Pentecost
Sunday of All Saints
9:00 Divine Liturgy



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