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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.

News and Upcoming Events


 Apostles' Fast


Chanting of the Akathist Hymn to the Protection of the Mother of God on Wednesday at 6:30 PM 


St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco

  • Vigil on Friday at 6:30 PM
  • Divine Liturgy on Saturday at 8 AM

4th Sunday after Pentecost 

  • Vigil on Saturday at 6 PM
  • Divine Liturgy on Sunday at 9 AM



Spiritual Thoughts

Statement from the Diocesan Chancery on the Contemporary Question of Homosexual Marriage to the Clergy and Flock of the Diocese

Today the United States Supreme Court ruled that homosexual marriage is a constitutional right in the United States of America. Given the ubiquitous coverage the news media is providing on this issue it is important that our clergymen and parishioners fully understand the position of the Church in this regard...

Building Project

Past Events


On June 7/20, 2015 the Pastoral School of Chicago and Mid-America marked its ninth annual graduation. Before Vigil at the Diocesan Cathedral of the Protection of the Mother of God in Des Plaines, IL three students received their diplomas in Pastoral Theology (title of thesis in parentheses):

  • Deacon Nicholas Olsen (“Establishing an Authentic Orthodox Culture in America”)
  • Michael Diaz de Leon (“The Hebrew Calendar Reform: Impact and Implications for Orthodox Calendar Reform”)
  • and our parishioner and singer Vesselin Krastsev (“A Brief History of Byzantine Monasticism”)

 Earlier that day the students had defended their theses and successfully passed oral exams before a board consisting of His Grace Bishop Peter of Cleveland (President of the School), Archpriest Andre Papkov (Vice President of the School), Archpriest Martin Swanson (Dean Emeritus of the School) and Archpriest Gregory Joyce (Dean of the School).

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