It shares in the "Faith of the Orthodox, the Faith that has established the Universe." Each of the Holy Orthodox Churches have developed practices over hundreds of years, that are somewhat unique to that church, but those practices do not impact the purity of the faith of the Church of the 7 Ecumenical Synods (Councils).I am increasingly having doubts about that. They do not seem to teach theosis at all, rather morality and procreation.
Interesting I would love to hear others point of view on this, i.e. if this is a common view by outsiders of the Russian Church.
I am puzzled by this statement, having belonged to both Russian (ROCOR & OCA) and Greek (GOARCH) parishes. I have attended many Greek parishes and currently attend one that visiting clergy often praise as being a real gem and beacon of a parish within the Archdiocese. We are often looked at as a model to follow, a model of success. Yet, I have a hard time bringing non-Orthodox family and friends there for a number of reasons. Women dress pretty inappropriately and in a flashy runway style, in Sunday school the teenagers are given a very liberal non-Orthodox view on moral issues like homosexuality (not by a member of the clergy, but the head priest and head of catechism seem indifferent), people are not taught to fast and prepare properly for communion, confession is hardly spoken of and not required, non-fasting food is set out during fasting periods, homilies are rarely on the Scriptures read that day, the saint of the day or event being commemorated is very rarely referred to in an homily unless it is a particularly major feast day, homilies focus more on the importance of being a community and attending regularly than on living an Orthodox lifestyle in between Sundays, and overall the parish is very secularized and worldly. Theosis is certainly spoken of at least occasionally, but the way there has been made a bit treacherous it seems.
In two English mission parishes I have been a part of in ROCOR, people are taught to keep a prayer rule and encouraged in keeping it, people are taught to keep the fasts, the Scriptures and lives of the saints are always referred to, the men and women dress modestly, women cover their heads, confession is regular, catechumens are prepared well, and the faith is both loved and revered.
I would recommend an English ROCOR mission any day over a Greek parish because from my experience of ROCOR mission parishes people receive much better spiritual care and much more encouragement to live a pious and God-pleasing lifestyle. In Greek churches I have belonged to and am familiar with, even if the priest is traditional, both priest and parish have been hijacked by wealthy and/or worldly parish council members and their secularizing agendas. Again, I say this as a member of a Greek parish who really prefers many aspects of Greek Orthodox tradition over Russian (chant, iconography, etc.).