Prayer has always been at the heart of what we do at EWTN and the Register.

We pray in times of joy, as we do every Aug. 15 on the anniversary of EWTN’s launch, and in times of sorrow, as we did recently for the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on our country.

Religious liberty is an essential facet of our lives as Catholics, especially now with the current threats we face. And in that vein, it gives me great pleasure to present to you a special section containing a newly created "Novena to the Mother of God for the Nation," beginning on page C1. We invite you to pray with us, by using the novena printed in this edition as well as joining us for EWTN’s 8am Eastern televised daily Mass and novena prayer, which will be led by bishops from around the nation.

I hope that these nine days of prayer — running from Sept. 29, the feast of the archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, and concluding on Oct. 7, the traditional feast day of Our Lady of the Rosary — will bear much fruit for you personally and for our nation.

I hope that you will join us in this time of prayer and that you will encourage others to do so as well.

May God bless you!