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):



Dormition of the Mother of God

The services of the Dormtion will be served according to the Jerusalem rite of the Burial of the Mother of God

Vigil with the laudations and procession with the Cross on Saturday August 27 at 6 PM
Divine Liturgy on Sunday August 28 at 9 AM

Divine Liturgy will be officiated by His Grace John, Bishop of Caracas and South America


Archbishop Alypy retirement celebration

On Tuesday, August 17/30, 2016, on the day of the heavenly protector of Archbishop Alypy, Venerable Alypy the Iconographer of the Kiev Caves, a special celebration will be held at the Cathedral honoring Archbishop Alypy, his many years of service as a ruling bishop, his academic accomplishments as a professor of Church Slavonic during his years as a Hieromonk at Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, NY, and his many achievements as an iconographer. . The liturgical celebration on August 30, starting at 9 AM, will be headed by His Eminence, Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America & New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia. It is expected that His Eminence will be joined by a multitude of Hierarchs and priests, including Archbishop Peter of Chicago & Mid-America.

We ask the prayers of all for Archbishop Alypy as His Eminence enters his retirement years and is able to focus more intently on his preparation for the next life.

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