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Mike Emanuel grew up surrounded by media. His mom, who worked on Wall Street, and his dad, a civil engineer, were “news junkies” who consumed content in every way possible — through print, radio, and television.

A chief congressional correspondent for Fox News, Emanuel told Faithwire he picked up his passion for politics “through osmosis.” Now, he is living his “dream,” though the job comes with its own unique set of challenges. Emanuel grew up going to Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Westfield, New Jersey, where he attended Sunday school and regularly participated in services. Because of that, faith became “a central part” of Emanuel’s life.

“It’s very tense times in our American politics and so I just try to take a breath and say a little prayer throughout the course of my day,” he said. “It doesn’t have to be anything too formal, but it really makes me feel calm and tranquil and peaceful; it’s a reminder of where I come from and what’s important in my life.”

Emanuel told Faithwire he often turns to the Greek Orthodox recitation commonly known as the “Jesus Prayer,” a one-sentence invocation that calls attention to our sinfulness and God’s goodness and grace.

The prayer is, “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.”


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