Holy Virgin Protection Cathedral
Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia
Des Plaines, IL USA
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Annunciation - 04/02/2024

This year the feast of the Annunciation falls on the Sunday of the Cross

Sunday of the Cross - 04/01/2024

The third Sunday of Great Lent is the Sunday of the Cross since at the end of the vigil service the cross is brought out to the center of the church for veneration throughout the following week.  As St. John Damascene writes: "as a traveler, fatigued from a long journey rests under the leaves of a wide tree, so also Orthodox Christians, making the journey to the Heavenly Jerusalem, the Pascha of our Lord, find in the middle of the path the Wood of the Cross from which to gather the strength for the remainder of the way."

Vigil service on Saturday at 6 PM with bringing out of the Cross
Divine Liturgy on Sunday at 7 and 9 AM

Holy Unction - 03/31/2024

The Rite of Holy Unction will be served on Monday, April 1 at 6:30 PM.  In this service, we pray for the healing of soul and body and are annointed with Holy Myrrh.  

Bright Week - 04/16/2023

Matins and Divine Liturgy every day this week beginning at 8 AM

Paschal vespers at 6:30 PM


Pascha of the Lord - 04/15/2023

Nocturne at 11:30 PM
Paschal Matins and Divine Liturgy at midnight


Great & Holy Saturday - 04/13/2023

The burial in the tomb
Matins with lauds and procession with the Cross on Friday at 6:30 PM

Vesperal Divine Liturgy with 15 Old Testament Readings on Saturday at 9 AM

Great & Holy Friday - 04/12/2023

The Holy and Saving Passions of our Lord Jesus Christ
Matins with the reading of the 12 Passion Gospels on Thursday at 6:30 PM

Royal Hours at 8 AM on Friday morning

Bringing out of the Burial Shroud
Vespers with the Procession of the Shroud at 1 PM on Friday afternoon
(It is customary to fast until one has venerated the shroud)
Little Compline with reading of the canon "On the Crucifixion of our Lord and the Lament of the Virgin Mary"

Great & Holy Thursday - 04/11/2023

Rememberance of the Mystical Supper - the institution of the Holy Eucharist - the washing of the feet by the Lord of His disciples as a sign of his great humility - the prayer in the garden of Gethsemane - the betrayal of Judas

  • Matins on Wednesday at 6:30 PM
  • Hours and vesperal Liturgy of St. Basil the Great on Thursday at 9 AM
  • The Order of the Washing of the Feet following the liturgy


  • On Holy Saturday (April 15) following the Divine Liturgy (approximately 1:00 p.m.)
  • On the Paschal eve (April 15) at 5:00, 6:00, 7:00, 8:00 and 9:00 p.m.
  • Following the Paschal service (April 16) at approximately 3 AM
  • After Paschal Vespers (approximately 1 p.m.) on Sunday, April 16


Passion Week - 04/09/2023

Great Monday - On this day, we are reminded of the Old Testament Joseph, sold by his brothers into slavery as the pre-figurement of Christ who suffers for our sake, and of the Gospel parable about the unfruitful fig tree symbolizing the soul of one who does not bring forth spiritual fruits - true penitence, faith, prayer and good works.

 Great Tuesday - We remember Christ rebuking the hipocrisy of the Pharisees and Scribes and the parable preached in the temple of Jerusalem concerning what is owed to Cesar, about the resurrection of the dead, of the Dread Judgement and of the 10 wise virgins.

 Great Wednesday - On this day, Christians recall with great contrition the betrayal of Judas for 30 pieces of silver.  We likewise hear of the sinful woman who sold all she owned for myrrh with which to annoint the feet of Christ, preparing Him for His burial.

Schedule of services on these days:

Hours and vespers at 8 AM
"Bridegroom" Matins at 6:30 PM

The last Liturgy of Pre-Sanctified Gifts will be served on Wednesday morning with Vespers

Nativity Services - 01/01/2023

Eve of the Nativity
Vespers & Matins on Thursday at 6:30 PM
Royal Hours on Friday at 7 AM
Divine Liturgy and Vespers on Friday at 9 AM

Nativity of Christ
Vigil service on Friday at 6:30 PM
Divine Liturgy on Saturday at 9 AM

Synaxis of the Most Holy Theotokos
Vigil  on Saturday at 6:30 PM
Divine Liturgy on Sunday at 8 AM

Dormition of the Mother of God - 08/22/2021

Vigil service on Saturday at 6 PM
Divine Liturgy on Sunday at 9 AM

Following Liturgy, all are invited to a festal luncheon hosted by the Brotherhood in the Church hall

Transfiguration - 08/15/2021

Vigil on Wed evening at 6.30 PM
Divine Liturgy on Thurs at 9 AM with blessing of fruit


Pentecost - 06/14/2021

Memorial Saturday
Divine Liturgy with General Panikhida on Saturday at 8 AM

Vigil service at 6 PM on Saturday
Divine Liturgy & Vespers with kneeling prayers on Sunday at 9 AM
Matins at 6 PM

Divine Liturgy at 8 AM

Ascension of Our Lord - 06/06/2021

Vigil service Wednesday at 6:30 PM
Divine Liturgy on Thursday at 9 AM

Leave-Taking of Pascha - 06/05/2021

The conclusion of the Paschal period comes with the Leave-taking services on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning followed by the feast of the Ascension of our Lord.  The leave-taking services (vespers/matins and Divine Liturgy) will be celebrated in the paschal style.

Paschal vespers and mattins on Tuesday at 6:30 PM
Paschal Divine Liturgy on Wed at 8 AM

Palm Sunday - 04/21/2021

Feast of the Entry of Our Lord into Jerusalem

Vigil on Saturday at 6 PM
Divine Liturgies on Sunday at 7 and 9 AM


Lazarus Saturday - 04/19/2021

Matins on Friday at 6:30 PM
Divine Liturgy on Saturday at 8 AM

Laudation of the Theotokos - 04/14/2021

Matins with akathist to the Most Holy Theotokos on Friday at 6:30 PM
Divine Liturgy on Saturday at 8 AM

Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete - 04/11/2021

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


Work Saturday - 04/08/2021

Dear Brothers & Sisters!

This Saturday, April 17, after Liturgy we will be holding a Church clean-up. We need to wash the windows, clean the iconostasis, etc. We also will wash, clean and polish the candleholders. We have to take them apart first and bring them to the kitchen. It will require some help from our Brotherhood.

Visit of Kursk-Root icon - 04/07/2021

The Kursk-Root wonder-working icon of the Mother of God continues to visit our diocese during Great Lent.  The icon will return to the cathedral on the following dates:

April 16 - Matins for the Laudations of the Theotokos
April 17 - Divine Liturgy for the Laudation of the Theotokos
April 23 - Matins for Lazarus Saturday
April 24 - Divine Liturgy for Lazarus Saturday
April 24 - Vigil for the Entry Into Jerusalem (Palm Sunday)
April 25 - Divine Liturgy for the Entry Into Jerusalem (Palm Sunday)

Triumph of Orthodoxy - 03/19/2021

The first Sunday of Great Lent is called the "Triumph of Orthodoxy" because it commemorates the victory over the heresy of iconoclasm.  In cathedrals, a special rite called the "Rite of Orthodoxy" is served reminidng all of the dogmas of the Church.

Vigil service on Saturday at 6:00 PM
Early Liturgy of St. Basil the Great begins at 6:45 AM
Late Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great at 9 AM
Rite of Orthodoxy following the Liturgy

First Week of Great Lent - 03/15/2021

Compline with the reading of the canon of St. Andrew of Crete every evening from Monday through Thursday at 6:30 PM

Matins, lenten hours (with Gospel readings) and vespers are chanted every morning beginning at 7 AM

Liturgy of the Pre-Sanctified Gifts on Wednesday and Friday after Vespers (approx 9:30 AM)

St. Theodore of Tyre
Reading of compline and tri-canon with akafist at 6:30 PM on Friday
Matins, Prayers before Communion and Divine Liturgy on Saturday starting at 7 AM

Time Change - 03/11/2021

We remind you to reset your clocks early Sunday morning by moving the arrow one hour AHEAD!

Forgiveness Sunday - 03/11/2021

The end of maslenitsa coincides with the beginning of Great Lent and to help us redirect our attention to the main theme of Lent - repentence - the Church has instituted the custom of asking forgiveness of one another on the eve of Clean Monday.  Immediately following the second Divine Liturgy on Sunday, forgiveness vespers will be served.

Annual Parish Meeting - 03/08/2021

The annual parish meeting will take place this year following the late Divine Liturgy on Sunday, March 28.  If you have not yet registered or paid parish dues for this year, please do so between now and then in order to participate with full voting privileges.

Sunday of the Prodigal Son - 02/26/2021

On the second preparatory Sunday before the beginning of Great Lent, we are reminded by the reading of the parable concerning the prodigal son, how far we find ourselves from God and of how ready God is to meet us if we only turn from sin and ask his help.  At the vigil service, we hear the hymn "By the waters of Babylon" which reminds us of the time of exile of the Israelites.

Sunday of the Pharisee and Publican - 02/15/2021

Beginning with the Sunday on which is read the Parable of the Pharisee and Publican, the Church gradually begins to direct our thoughts to the upcoming Great Fast.  The first words of the Lenten Triodion (the book of hymns which is used during Great Lent) begin:

"Brethren, let us not pray as the pharisee: for he who exalts himself shall be humbled. Let us humble ourselves before God, and with fasting cry aloud as the Publican: God be merciful to us, sinners."

The Church also introduces the main theme of Great Lent at the vigil service with the singing of the hymn "Open unto me, O Giver of Life, the gates of Repentence."


Meeting of the Lord - 02/09/2021

Vigil service on Sunday at 6 PM
Divine Liturgy on Monday at 9 AM
Followed by blessing of the candles

Theophany Services - 01/17/2021

Eve of Theophany
Vespers & Matins on Sunday at 6 PM
Vespers and Divine Liturgy on Monday at 9 AM

Great Blessing of the Waters at approx 11 AM

Vigil on Monday at 6:30 PM
Divine Liturgy on Tuesday at 9 AM
Great Blessing of the Waters at the end of Liturgy


Change in schedule - 01/12/2021

Brothers & Sisters,

Due to predicted inclement weather overnight, there will be only one Divine Liturgy served at 9 AM this Sunday Jan 31.

Entrance of the Theotokos - 11/30/2020

Vigil service Thursday at 6:30 PM
Divine Liturgy on Friday at 9 AM

Nativity Fast - 11/28/2020

The Nativity Fast, which lasts 40 days, beginning on November 28th, was established that we cleanse ourselves through repentance, prayer and fasting, that with a purified heart, soul and body we meet the newly born Son of God bringing unto him not gift of gold and frankincense but the desire to follow his teachings.


Protection of the Most Holy Theotokos

Vigil service on Turesday at 6:30 PM
Blessing of the Water on Wednesday at 7:30 AM
Divine Liturgy on Wednesday at 9 AM

Elevation of the Cross - 09/22/2020

Vigil service with the Order of the Elevation of the Cross on Saturday at 6 PM

Early liturgy at 7 AM and later liturgy at 9 AM on Sunday

Nativity of the Theotokos - 09/17/2020

Vigil service on Friday at 6:30 PM
Divine Liturgy on Saturday at 9 AM

Summer Camp - 06/08/2020

Summer Day Camp at the cathedral is open !

June 8 - August 14

Call to register

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...

Paschal basket blessings this year - 04/13/2020

Due to the quarantine currently in place, access to the cathedral is limited to clergy and workers.  With the blessing of Archbishop Peter and by decision of the parish council, Paschal basket blessings will take place on Saturday April 18th and Sunday April 19th between 1:00 and 3:00 PM by drive-through (without leaving your cars).  We count on your cooperation to allow this to happen in an orderly fashion.  We greet you on the upcoming feast of the Pascha of our Lord!

Schedule of Liturgies - 03/18/2020

Dear parishioners,

Due to the Government's order to limit number of people at public gatherings, God willing, we will have following Liturgies at our Cathedral this week:

Wednesday, March 18, 6:30 pm - Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts.
Friday, March 20, around 9:30 am - Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts.
Saturday, March 21, 8:00 am - Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom. 
Sunday, March 22, 7:30 am - early Liturgy of St. Basil the Great.
Sunday, March 22, 9:30 am - late Liturgy of St. Basil the Great. 

We ask our faithful to divide service attendance among themselves.        

The seriousness and risk of this outbreak should not be underestimated. 

Anyone over the age of 70 who suffers from chronic health conditions, or who shows symptoms of a respiratory infections, or was exposed to an infected person, should stay home.

Arrangements can be made for clergy to provide confession and communion to the infirm at home. 

Parishioners should refrain from handshakes, hugs and keep some distance during the service. 

The faithful should not feel that they must kiss public icons. At the same time, we should keep in mind that all icons are miraculous, and that many martyrs died in the struggle with iconoclasm. 

The faithful are not obligated to kiss a priest's hand or a cross when receiving a blessing.

Winterfest 2020 - 01/01/2020

Coming this weekend!

Tell all your friends!

New Year's Moleben - 12/25/2019

On Monday evening at 8 PM, a moleben for the civil new year will be served at the Cathedral.  Come pray with us that God grant us a peace and spiritual blessings in 2020!

Parish Yolka - 12/24/2019

Saturday, January 11th at 11 AM
Theatrical production, entertainment with Father Frost and Snow Maiden, gifts for the children
Tickets $15

Sunday, January 12th at 12 PM
Traditional Russian lunch
Theatrical production, entertainment with Father Frost and Snow Maiden and gifts for the children
Tickets $40 for adults and $20 for children

For tickets contact Alexandra at 773-490-0414

Church flooring - 11/03/2019

From Nov 11-13 the floors in the church will be refinished.  We ask all to kindly lend a hand in moving all of the candlestands and benches from the church to the ambo at the conclusion of Divine Liturgy this coming Sunday.  Thank you in advance!

Preparations for Patronal Feast - 10/02/2019

October 12th, Church cleaning after the Divine Liturgy
October 13th, cleaning of Church after the Divine Liturgy, changing of vestments, hall set up. 

Please consider donating paper towels and vinyl work gloves.

Work in the kitchen is scheduled for:
October 12th, 12 pm to 6 pm
October 13th, 12 pm to 6 pm
October 14th, from 8 am food preparation, serving, cleaning up after lunch

Diocesan Pastoral Conference
October 15th, from 6 am to 8 pm (breakfast, lunch and dinner) food preparation, serving and clean up for each meal

For further information contact Olga Vlasova at (224) 520-1596 or Luba Brueggemann at (224) 520-1604.


Fall festival - 08/01/2019

Slavic Fall Festival set for Sunday Sep 22 from 12 to 8 PM
Tell all of your friends!

Kitchen clean up - 07/23/2019

The Sisterhood is requesting your assistance during our yearly kitchen clean up, scheduled for Saturday August 10th, starting at 8 am.

For further information contact our Head Sister Olga Vlasova at (224)520-1596 or Luba Brueggemann at (224)520-1604.

Feast of SS Peter & Paul - 07/05/2019

Vigil on Thursday at 6:30 PM
Divine Liturgy at 8 AM on Friday

Sunday of the Myrrh-bearing Women - 05/05/2019

Vigil on Saturday at 6 PM
Divine Liturgy with procession and festal luncheon at 9 AM



Feast of Myrrh-bearing Women - 05/04/2019

Feast of Myrrh-bearing Women & Mother's Day

Lunch in cathedral hall with entertainment

Following Divine Liturgy

Thomas Sunday - 05/04/2019

First Sunday after Pascha
Vigil service on Saturday at 6 PM
Divine Liturgy on Sunday at 9 AM


Prep for Palm Sunday - 04/14/2019

Friday April 19th, beginning 10am:
     - Decorating kulichi, packaging, and sorting in boxes by size

Saturday April 20th, beginning 11am:
     - Palm Sunday lunch preparation
     - Preparation of palms/willows (in foyer of the hall) and kulichi (in church entrance) for sale
     - Cathedral clean up

Palm Sunday April 21st, beginning 9am:
     - Sale of Paschal bread (in church entry) and blessed willows (in hall foyer)
     - Preparation of hall after lunch for upcoming basket blessings

Men - please help set up tables and chairs in the hall after lunch!

Liturgy of Pre-Sanctified Gifts - 03/20/2019

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.

Cutting Willows - 03/18/2019

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.

Blini - 02/22/2019

On March 3rd, following the Divine Liturgy, the Sisterhood invites you to a Blini luncheon to celebrate Shrovetide!


In preparation... assistance will be required in the kitchen: 
February 21st from 6-9 pm – preparation of meat filling
February 22nd from 3-8 pm – preparation of blinchiki with meat filling
March 2nd from 4-8 pm  – preparation of blini and toppings
March 3rd from 8 am – preparation of blini, serving and cleaning after the Divine Liturgy

Preparation for Nativity - 12/29/2018

Please join our Sisterhood in cleaning and decorating the cathedral on Saturday, January 5th, after the Divine Liturgy, in preparation for the Feast of the Nativity of our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ. 
Contact our Head Sister Olga Vlasova at (224) 520-1596 or Luba Brueggemann at (224)520-1604 with any questions or concerns.

Thanksgiving Services - 11/18/2018

On Thanksgiving Day, November 24th at 9 AM there will be a Divine Liturgy.  Following the Liturgy, there will be a traditional meal in the parish hall to which all are invited.

Please assist in preparation of our Thanksgiving Day luncheon! Work is scheduled for…
Wednesday, November 21nd, from 5 p.m. - hall set up, food preparation
Thursday November 22rd, from 8 a.m. - food preparation, serving, and clean up

St Herman's Conference - 11/11/2018

This year's annual St Herman's Youth Conference is being held in Chicago from Dec 26-30.

Youth 14 years and up are invited to participate

You may register online:  Registration: https://goo.gl/forms/ v8uaHhP9M6BMYyHJ2

Patronal Feast Day - 10/06/2018


Saturday, October 13
Vigil at 6:00 PM

Sunday, October 14
Blessing of the water at 7:30 AM
Divine Liturgy, Moleben and Procession with the Cross at 9 AM

Following the Liturgy all are invited to a festal meal in the parish hall


Fall Festival - 09/04/2018

September 30

from 12 to 8 pm

Russian food, drinks, entertainment

Request from Sisterhood - 06/18/2018

We kindly ask you to stay after the Divine Liturgy on Sunday, June 24th, and help with a quick cleaning of the kitchen and Church. We promise we will not keep you for long! 

Preparation for Pentecost - 05/12/2018

The Sisterhood encourages all parishioners to participate in decorating and cleaning of the Church after the Divine Liturgy and Memorial service on Saturday,May 26th, in anticipation of Pentecost.

  • clean up and decoration of the Cathedral
    prepare flowers for handout
    Sunday lunch preparation

Preparation for Pascha - 03/25/2018

Friday March 30th, beginning 10:00 a.m.:
Decorating kulichi, packaging, and sorting in boxes

Saturday March 31st, beginning 11.00 a.m.:
Palm Sunday lunch preparation
Preparation of palms/willows and kulichi for sale
Church clean up

Palm Sunday:
Preparation of hall after lunch for upcoming basket blessings. Men – please help set up tables and chairs after lunch!

St Tatiana's Ball - 01/15/2018

The parish school of St. Jonah cordially invites you to the St Tatiana's Ball on Friday January 26th at 8 PM

Theme: Movie Stars

For tickets and additional information, please contact Marina Orzhynska at 312-342-4840

Liturgy of St James - 10/10/2017

God willing, we will serve the Liturgy of St. James, brother of our Lord on the day on which he is commemorated (Sunday, November 5th).  Because this more ancient liturgy differs significantly from that of the liturgy of St. John Chrysostom to which we are well accustomed, Fr. Leonty will be holding a discussion group to explain the origins and differences in these services.  The first discussion will be following the akathist on Wednesday October 11 (at ~ 7.30 pm) and he will repeat this discussion on Sunday October 29 following the Liturgy.

Upcoming Services - 05/29/2017

Soul Saturday (Commemoration of Departed)

  • Vespers and Memorial Matins on Friday at 6.30 PM
  • Divine Liturgy and Universal Panikhida on Saturday at 8 AM

PENTECOST - Day of the Holy Trinity

  • Vigil service on Saturday at 6 PM
  • Divine Liturgy and Vespers with Kneeling Prayers on Sunday at 9 AM


Russian Winterfest - 01/25/2017

FEB 19th 12- 5 PM


Bring your friends

Bliny, vodka tasting, entertainment

Thursday, 5 / 18 April
Great Canon
18:30 Vespers & Matins
Friday, 6 / 19 April
8:00 Hours, Vespers & Pre-sanctified Liturgy
18:30 Matins with akathist
Saturday, 7 / 20 April
Saturday of the Akathist
8:00 Liturgy
18:00 All-night Vigil
Sunday, 8 / 21 April
5th Sunday of Great Lent: St Mary of Egypt
9:00 Divine Liturgy
Thursday, 12 / 25 April
18:30 Vespers & Matins


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