Freshman Lawmakers Begin Day with Prayer

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As the new 113th Congress comes to Washington, many of them will start the day in prayer at a bipartisan gathering.

House Chaplain Father Patrick Conroy will officiate. The service includes passages from the Old and New Testaments and a reading from the Koran.

The chaplain told CBN News his message will remind lawmakers they are called to be servants.

"Being a member of Congress and perhaps being a person of faith is about understanding oneself as a servant, not as a politician or not as a person with power and authority," Conroy said.

Meanwhile, the House will get its first Hindu member Thursday: Democrat Tulsi Gabbard, from Hawaii. She's being sworn in on the Hindu scriptures instead of the Bible.

The Senate is also getting its first Buddhist ever, Democrat Mazie Hirono, who is also from Hawaii.

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