Actor Gerard Depardieu took an Orthodox baptism in the Church of Alexander Nevsky in Paris. This was reported by Sputnik France on August 5.
The rite was held on September 4. It is reported that the ceremony was attended by about 30 people. First, was read a prayer for the expulsion of unclean force. Depardieu renounced Satan and read aloud the “Symbol of Faith”. After that, he was poured holy water.
According to the actor, his “connections with the Orthodox clergy” and “love of the Orthodox liturgy” played an important role in his decision to accept Orthodoxy. Depardieu noted that his confessor is Metropolitan of Pskov and Porkhov Tikhon (Shevkunov).
On August 27, it became known that Depardieu received a plot of land in the village of Laporovichi near Minsk. The Frenchman’s neighbors will be Belarusian biathlete Darya Domracheva and her trainer.
In early 2013 Depardieu received Russian citizenship, the corresponding decree signed by Vladimir Putin. In his autobiographical book “Such Cases”, the actor devoted a separate chapter to getting acquainted with Putin, and also said that he immediately felt in the president “his man.