RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH IN CHICAGO
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.
"Let us set out with joy upon the season of the Fast, and prepare ourselves for spiritual combat. Let us purify our soul and cleanse our flesh; and as we fast from food, let us abstain also from every passion. Rejoicing in the virtues of the Spirit may we persevere with love, and so be counted worthy to see the solemn Passion of Christ our God, and with great spiritual gladness to behold His Holy Pascha."
- Stikhera from Forgiveness Sunday vespers
FIRST WEEK OF GREAT LENT - CLEAN WEEK
Compline with the reading of the canon of St. Andrew of Crete every evening from Monday through Thursday at 6:30 PM
Matins, lenten hours (with Gospel readings) and vespers are chanted every morning beginning at 7 AM
Liturgy of the Pre-Sanctified Gifts on Wednesday and Friday after Vespers (approx 9:30 AM)
Compline and Preparation for Communion 6:30 PM on Friday
Matins, Prayers before Communion and Divine Liturgy on Saturday starting at 7 AM
GREAT LENT LECTURES
On Sunday, March 16th at 4 PM and on Wednesday, March 19th at 7 PM the cathedral will host a series of lectures entitled "The Bible in the Life of Modern Orthodox Christians". These lectures will be given by Andrei Desnitsky who works in the Institute for Eastern Studies and the Instititue for Bible Translation in Russia. He is well known and published in Russia as a Bible studies expert, translator, writer and Dotor of Philologic Studies.
All are welcome.
Admission is free.
Service of Forgiveness - 03/02/14
RUSSIAN WINTERFEST - MASLENITSA
Maslenitsa - 02/23/14