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.






Live webcasts (when available):



Laudation of the Theotokos

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

Church Cleaning

The Sisterhood encourages all parishioners to participate in cleaning of the Cathedral in anticipation of Pasha. Saturday working bees will begin after the Divine Liturgy (at approximately 11am) on the following dates:

  • March 18th – cleaning of iconostas, icon stands, windows etc.
  • March 25th – preparation of willows
  • April 1st – (Akathist) – cleaning of candle stands
  • April 8th (Lazarus Saturday) – preparation of kulichi for sale, clean up of the cathedral, and preparation of Sisterhood lunch for Palm Sunday
  • April 15th (Holy Saturday, approximately 2pm) – clean up of the cathedral, preparation of Pasha meal and hall for basket blessings

Depending on weather conditions, the order of work may be changed.

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

This Week at the Cathedral

Groups for kulichi are already organized

     11.00 - 13.30   Cleaning candlestands


Subscribe to Newsletter


Cathedral Donations

School Building Fund