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

Nativity Fast 

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.




Thanks be to God, the final phase of the school building construction has begun!  In order to connect the new building to the existing hall, the bookstore had to be moved temporarily and the foyer partially closed off.  The construction is hoped to be completed by the end of December.






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Nativity Fast

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.

St Herman 's Youth Conference

Registration for the annual diocesan St. Herman's youth conference is now open.  The conference will take place in Kansas City hosted by the SS Peter and Fevronius church on Dec 26-30.  You can registration by clicking on the following link.  REGISTRATION

This Week at the Cathedral
Week of Dec 11- Dec 17

Monday -
19.00 - 21.00  LUBAVA rehearsal

Wednesday -
18.00 - 19.30   Theatre group

Thursday -
19.30 - 21.00  ORPR rehearsal

19.00 - 21.00  Youth group discussion

First and second sessions of school

13.00 - 15.00 ORPR rehearsal


The bookstore will continue to operate during construction

The cathedral bookstore operates on Sundays and church holidays.following the Divine Liturgy as well and by contacting:
847-845-4661 (Natalia)
630-715-0977 (Irina) 


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School Building Fund