Moscow bids farewell to Orthodox actor Petr Mamonov of “The Island” (Ostrov)

Moscow, July 19, 2021

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On Saturday, July 17, the funeral service for the newly-departed Petr Mamonov was served in the cathedral at Mosow’s Donskoy Monastery.

Hundreds of Orthodox faithful who were touched by the work of the famous actor and musician and his moving example of repentance came out to bid farewell. The service was led by His Eminence Metropolitan Theognost of Kashira, the abbot of Donskoy, reports the Synodal Department for Monasteries and Monasticism.

The beloved star of “The Island” (Ostrov) reposed in the Lord on Thursday, July 15, at the age of 70, from complications caused by the coronavirus. He had been in a medically induced coma on a ventilator for more than two weeks, and doctors were unable to bring him out of the coma.

Many people shared how their lives were touched by Petr Mamonov, even those who did not know him personally.

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“I only knew him through the internet,” one woman told Pravmir. “I listened to his homilies. Or rather, for me, they were homilies. His stories about life, about God, about how he met Him, lived with Him… Many simple words like that—they sank into my soul, you know? I’m not as close to God as I would like to be, but the words of Petr Nikolaevich help me in many ways.”

“We were astonished not just by ‘The Island,’ but by his whole life,” another woman remarked, “by his deep faith in God. A very rare person… I love him very much and I feel like he is alive. For me, he will always remain this ray of light. A man of amazing, beautiful faith. Faith saves. Only faith—like he had.”

After the service, when his body was put in the car to be taken for burial, the gathered faithful shouted out with hope: “Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!”

Petr Mamonov was buried at the Central Cemetery in the village of Verey outside Moscow, where he and his wife had lived for 25 years.

Mamonov first became famous as a rock musician and actor during Soviet times. In the 1990s, he became an Orthodox Christian and began to live a simpler and quieter life. He later came back into the public eye as an actor, especially thanks to his role in “The Island” in 2006.

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