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EWTN Announces New "Novena to the Mother Of God for the Nation"

9/13/2012 - 10:18 AM PST

Catholic PRWire

IRONDALE, AL (September 13, 2012) - EWTN Global Catholic Network has collaborated with one of the pre-eminent Marian theologians in the U.S. on the creation of a new "Novena to the Mother of God for the Nation." Fr. Frederick Miller, Chair of the Department of Systematic Theology at Mount St. Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg, Md., composed the meditations and prayers which invoke Mary's intercession for our nation. The Novena will be prayed publicly beginning on the Feast of the Archangels, Saturday, September 29 through October 7, the Feast of the Most Holy Rosary.

"Catholics have always turned instinctively for help to the Mother of God in times of need," says Fr. Miller. "And so, in 2012, we turn to Our Lady for help. Many of the values that have shaped our country from the beginning seem to be at risk. Pope Benedict XVI and the American Bishops have noted the erosion of religious freedom, the first value guaranteed by the Constitution. This novena challenges all of us to a deeper conversion to Christ and a more generous life of charity. The proximity of this novena to the 2012 Presidential Election also offers an opportunity to pray for all of our government officials and to seek Divine assistance in the election."

The Novena is available in both English and Spanish and can be downloaded for free from EWTN's Novena website at

"This is a critical time for our nation," said Michael P. Warsaw, President and Chief Executive Officer of EWTN. "My hope is that as many people as possible will spread the word about this important devotion to their friends and neighbors, prayer groups and parishes and in every way possible."

During the Novena, leading bishops from across the nation will be celebrating the televised Mass from Our Lady of the Angels Chapel in Irondale, Alabama at 8 a.m. ET each day. Each bishop will deliver a homily highlighting the importance of prayer in the fight for religious liberty and will lead the novena prayers for that day.

Celebrants will include Denver Auxiliary Bishop James Conley, who will open the novena; Kansas City Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann; Mobile (Ala.) Archbishop Thomas J. Rodi; Allentown (Pa.) Bishop John Barres; Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput; and Birmingham (Ala.) Bishop Robert J. Baker, who will close the novena.

EWTN Global Catholic Network, in its 32th year, is available in over 200 million television households in more than 140 countries and territories. With its direct broadcast satellite television and radio services, AM & FM radio networks, worldwide short-wave radio station, Internet website, electronic and print news services, and publishing arm, EWTN is the largest religious media network in the world.


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1 - 4 of 4 Comments

  1. Lorraine Madden
    2 years ago

    Please contine with the hard hitting homilies regarding the problems with our government invading our Church.

    I would like to hear more about the entrance of Anglicans into the Catholic faith as I don't think many of us fully understand this process.

    Thank You to all the priests and especially Fr. Joseph and Fr. Mitch for their inspiration.

  2. Dr. Docia Saka
    2 years ago

    I have been blessed by the programs of EWTN. The programs have helped my prayer line, strengthen my faith in the Catholic Church and have helped me to answer questions that are put to me by non-Catholics, intelligently. Thank you EWTN and all the workers and Host. God richly bless you

  3. louise falardeau
    2 years ago

    i thank ewtn for everything it has teached me and keeps on teaching me
    and Mother angelica God Bless you
    I just wish that we could have a mother Angelica close to our home
    you are beautiful
    i talk about ewtn to everyone who wants help and find more about catholic
    thank you for everything you do for the world and keep up the good work

  4. Thelma T. Martinez
    2 years ago

    I am so blessed to watch EWTN! all priests Homily's are a blessings, please send my regards to Father Anthony Mary! I like the humor he uses in the Homily's :) I remember what he said about his twin sister's wedding "the Bible" now my husband & I have our Bible in our living room and we read it everyday! When he talked about the loss of his father, it was a blessing to me. I have been watching EWTN for almost seven years! besides attending our local catholic church everyday Mass! I will spread the word for the Novena to the Mother of God for the nation.

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