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)


follow the link for LIVESTREAM


Online candles & commemorations

Candles can now be ordered online and will be placed according to your instructions at the next services.

Prosphora commemorations with names of your beloved may also be ordered "for the health of" and "for the repose" to be read at the next Divine Liturgy.

Please see our Russian site:


Visit of Kursk-Root icon - 04/07/2021

The Kursk-Root wonder-working icon of the Mother of God continues to visit our diocese during Great Lent.  The icon will return to the cathedral on the following dates:

April 16 - Matins for the Laudations of the Theotokos
April 17 - Divine Liturgy for the Laudation of the Theotokos
April 23 - Matins for Lazarus Saturday
April 24 - Divine Liturgy for Lazarus Saturday
April 24 - Vigil for the Entry Into Jerusalem (Palm Sunday)
April 25 - Divine Liturgy for the Entry Into Jerusalem (Palm Sunday)


Cathedral Donations

Sisterhood Fund