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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Forgiveness Sunday

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 Divine Liturgy on Sunday, forgiveness vespers will be served.

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