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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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First Sunday of Great Lent - TRIUMPH OF ORTHODOXY

Vigil on Saturday at 6 PM
Divine Liturgy and Rite of Orthodoxy on Sunday at 9 AM
Vespers with Passion service at 2:30
Following the vespers there will be a lenten talk in the church


The "passion" services are so named for the fact that their content is taken from the services of Passion Week.  These are regular lenten vespers of Sunday night with hymns taken from Passion Week and readings of the four Gospels describing the suffering of Christ.  In some churches, an akafist to the Passion of Christ is sometimes also served.


God willing, we will have these services four times in the course of Great Lent, as each time, the focal point is the reading of one of the four Passion Gospels from each evangelist.


The service, like that of Forgiveness Sunday, begins as a festal service and then changes (vestments and melodies) to that of Great Lent.  At the end, the Gospel is brought out into the center of the church, in front of the Crucifixion, and is read and the faithful venerate it.


Spiritual Reflections

Sermon - The Human Passions and the Struggle with Them

Tomorrow, brothers and sisters, we enter into the Passion Week. The Passion of Christ, a Divine Passion, brought to mankind life and restoration of the human nature to its previous unblemished state. Our human passions, on the opposite, lead us to death and degradation....

Past Events


Hundreds of people from all over the suburbs came to Des Plaines on Sunday afternoon to enjoy Russian food, music and culture. The sixth annual Winter Festival, held at Holy Virgin Protection Russian Orthodox Cathedral, 1800 Lee St., was like...

Maslenitsa - 02/15/15

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