United States, (PressExposure) March 26, 2009 -- Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN), Americaâs most-watched faith channel, invites you to join Matt and Laurie Crouch, Jan Crouch, Pat Boone, and a host of other Christian personalities as they gather at both the Graumanâs Chinese Theatre in Hollywood and at TBNâs Holy Land Experience in Orlando, Florida for the worldwide premier of The Cross: The Arthur Blessitt Story. Beginning at 7 p.m Pacific Time, the celebration will be televised on a special three-hour installment of TBNâs popular nightly praise and ministry program Praise the Lord.
The feature-length film follows Arthur Blessitt, a one-time California hippie and full-time messenger of the gospel, from Christmas Day 1969 when he started out on foot from Hollywood, California carrying a twelve-foot cross, to the conclusion of his 38,102 mile journey 39 years later, on June 13, 2008 in Zanzibar off the coast of Tanzania. Blessittâs solitary pilgrimage took him through 315 countries and all seven continents, where he shared the message of Godâs love and mercy to individuals from all walks of lifeâand a wide variety of religious traditions.
A project of Gener8Xion Entertainment, a California-based studio whose popular and critically acclaimed films include Omega Code and One Night With the King, The Cross offers an up-close view of the motivation and faith of one man as he seeks to fulfill the unique goal of sharing the gospel through the emblem of Christâs suffering.
Explaining the personal motivation behind his nearly 40-year trek around the globe, Blessitt said, âFar too often religious differences have caused the cross to become a symbol of conflict. Part of my mission over the years as Iâve walked around the world has been to help people understand the cross for what it truly is: the ultimate symbol of Godâs love for all humanity.â
The special Praise the Lord program will come to you live from both Hollywood and Orlando, Florida, and will include interviews with Arthur Blessitt and others involved in the film, as well as an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the making of The Cross. The film is set to open in theaters across the nation on March 27th.
âTBN is proud to host the premier of this powerful documentary from two locations thousands of miles away,â said Paul Crouch Jr., TBNâs Chief of Staff, who will also be on hand at the Hollywood premier. âAs one audience enjoys the film in the very community where Arthur Blessitt began his journey so many years ago, another group will be experiencing the impact of his spiritual odyssey in an atmosphere that recreates the splendor and impact of the Holy Landâwhere Jesus lived, died, and rose again! This will be an unforgettable evening for all, and weâre thrilled to carry it live on our Praise the Lord program!â
The special TBN Praise the Lord Program will air live on Tuesday, March 24th, from 7-10 p.m. Pacific Time. For more information visit http://www.tbn.org.
For more information on The Cross: The Arthur Blessitt Story, visit http://www.thecrossfilm.com.
TBN is the worldâs largest religious network and Americaâs most watched faith channel. Each day TBN offers 24 hours of commercial-free inspirational programming that appeals to people in a wide variety of denominations. TBN now reaches every major continent via 54 satellites and more than 12,000 television and cable affiliates worldwide. In the United States, TBN is available to 92 percent of the total households. Its website receives more than 27 million visitors monthly. In addition to TBN, the network owns and operates seven networks, including: The Church Channel, JCTV youth network, TBN Enlace USA Spanish network, and Smile of a Child TV childrenâs network. For more information on TBN, visit http://www.tbn.org.