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.



On Sunday, Dec 6th at the Greek Orthodox Church of St. John the Baptist in Des Plaines, a concert of choral music will take place consisting of choirs from various Orthodox churches in the Chicago area including our cathderal choir.  The concert will begin at 4 PM.

Nativity Fast

The Nativity Fast lasts 40 days and was instituted in order that Orthodox Christians prepare themselves through prayer and fasting to worthily greet the newly born Christ who appears to us on earth in the form of a child.


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