In one of the holy Orthodox tradition, Great Lent is identified above all by the short prayer named after St. Ephrem the Syrian, one of the eastern Christian teachers of the fourth century. This prayer is read at the end of every Lenten service, and the faithful read it at home as part of their personal prayers. It expresses most accurately concisely and simply the meaning and spirit of what Christians have for centuries called Great Lent.
“O Lord and Master of my life, don’t give me the spirit of sloth, despair, lust of power and idle talk; but give rather the spirit of chastity, humility, patience and love to your servant. Yea, O Lord and King, grant that I may see my own transgressions and not judge my brother, for blessed are You unto ages of ages. Amen.”