It is one of the most heart-rending of the repeated prayers of the Eastern Roman Liturgy.
“Remember, O Lord, all those who travel by sea or by land, the sick, the suffering, the captives and their salvation.”
For one, it reminds of Our Lord Imprisoned, after his arrest. Unvisited, abandoned, forsaken. Even by his friends.
Should that not deeply move the one who prays the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom (or any catholic liturgy) with attention to love the sacred Humanity of Our Lord Christ all the more? Think about the times, perhaps already showing a sign of how forlorn he would soon feel, that Our Lord did repeat during his public ministry the command to visit those held captive.
Now he is the long-suffering, always willing Prisoner of Love in the Most Blessed Sacrament.
And in the baptized souls in prisons dark, too. And all over this vale of tears.
Thanks to the charity of NCCL’s benefactors, the Directors and volunteers of the apostolate are helped to visit the imprisoned. A simple card at Christmas is a good start.
We encourage our friends to try it. St. John Chrysostom said it changed his life for good. You won’t regret it, either.