I believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible;
And in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all ages; Light of Light, true God of true God, begotten, not created, of one essence with the Father, through Whom all things were made;
Who for us men and for our salvation came down from the heavens and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary, and became man;
Crucified for us under Pontius Pilate, He suffered and was buried; Rising on the third day according to the Scriptures,
And ascending into the heavens, He is seated at the right hand of the Father;
And coming again in glory to judge the living and the dead, His kingdom shall have no end;
And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Creator of life, Who proceeds from the Father, Who together with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified, Who spoke through the prophets;
In one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church;
I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins; I expect the resurrection of the dead;
And the life of the age to come. Amen.
During the liturgical year in the Orthodox Church, faithful Orthodox Christians observe the following fast days:
Wednesday and Friday, the days the Lord was betrayed and crucified respectively.
There are also four major fast periods:
About half of the year is therefore dedicated to fasting (and of course increased prayer). Here is a beautiful article by Metropolitan Kallistos Ware, explaining the reasons why we fast and the development of the Great Lenten Fast.
The Meaning of the Great Fast--The True Nature of Fasting. Download
Why Are Vigil Lamps Lit Before Icons
by St. Nikolai Velimirovich Download
When We Light Candles
by St. John of Kronstadt Download
Self Examination for Holy Confession. Download
Preparation for the Mystery of Repentance - Holy Confession. Download