206 Tours Pilgrimage to the Holy Land Jim Caviezel John Michael Talbot

John Michael Talbot has become a household name to millions of Catholics due to his extensive artistic, musical, and humanitarian career. For decades, John Michael has been creating in the Catholic space, sharing his art as well as his message travelling from Parish to Parish. Here is a deeper look into the life, work, and service of this Christian Music legend.

John Michael Talbot was born into a Methodist family in Oklahoma City in 1954. Music had always been a large part of John Michael’s life, so much so that he dropped out of school and formed a country folk-rock band with his brother as a teenager. After several successful albums and years of touring, the band separated, and John Michael began a spiritual journey that ultimately led him to Christian Music.

John Michael became a Roman Catholic in 1978 while studying at the Franciscan center in Indianapolis, deeply inspired by St. Francis of Assisi. He founded an integrated monastic community of celibate men, woman, and families called Brothers and Sisters of Charity in 1980. He is currently the Minister General and Spiritual Father for the Brothers and Sisters of Charity in both Little Portion Hermitage in Arkansas and St. Clare’s Monastery in Texas.

After years of continued success in the world of Christian Music, John Michael founded his own record label, “Troubadour for the Lord” in 1992. He is currently regarded as Catholic music’s most popular artist. In his 37 years in the music industry, his latest album is his 53rd, contributing to the over 4 million records sales worldwide.

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In addition to his extensive music career, John Michael had authored over 24 published books. In 2014, John Michael added the world of television to his creative resume with the highly acclaimed inspirational show called, “All Things Are Possible”, which ran for three seasons.

John Michael Talbot is uniquely creative, which makes his message deeply inspiring and motivational. At 64 years old, he is extremely active in traveling to parishes and spreading his message, like a modern-day St. Francis with the goal of renewing and reviving faith. His presence is in high demand as he is a powerful speaker, often invited to speak at Churches, and events – in addition to his busy touring concert schedule.

Next Spring, John Michael will travel to the Holy Land with fellow artistic Catholic Actor, Jim Caviezel. Pilgrims will have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to walk in Jesus’s footsteps alongside John Michael and Jim. John Michael will be sharing his musical talents throughout what is sure to be an unforgettable Pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Limited spots remain, don’t miss out on this amazing trip!

 Watch John Michael’s Personal Invitation to join him in the Holy Land!

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Jim Caviezel Starring as Jesus in The Passion of the Christ to make Pilgrimage with 206 Tours
As Jim Caviezel prepares to make his way to Israel in 2019, and walk the true Via Dolorosa, let us take a look back at the role that set him apart – and one that he will reprise next year.
The making of the film, The Passion of the Christ, was so extraordinary and unusual that it has been the subject of countless articles, books, and even televised Specials. Much of what made the film so unique is the experiences that lead actor, Jim Caviezel who plays Jesus Christ, endured while filming the movie. Rather than regret taking the role, or looking back on his experience with contempt, Jim has widely been known to say the experience brought him closer to God and his Catholic Faith. Here are some interesting details about Jim’s experience acting in the highest grossing Independent film of all time.

1. Gibson offered him the role, then tried to talk him out of it

Mel Gibson Directed, Produced, and funded the entire film. When he originally set up a meeting with Caviezel, he said he wanted to discuss a film about a surfer as a ruse to get Jim to take the meeting. After presenting the idea of the film about the last hours of Christ’s life, and Jim accepted the offer, Gibson tried to change his mind.
At the 2018 SEEK Conference, Jim shared; “[Mel] said, ‘You’ll never work in this town again.” So I told him, ‘We all have to embrace our crosses’ … We have to give up our names, our reputations, our lives to speak the truth.”
Jim Caviezel Starring as Jesus in The Passion of the Christ to make Pilgrimage with 206 Tours

2. Jim had turned the role of Jesus down before

Jim was asked to portray Jesus twice before Gibson approached him – once for a Play, and once for a television Special. Both times, he immediately knew the roles were not right. When he heard Gibson’s pitch though, he knew the story would be told in a way he was proud to represent. He said he knew this version would show “the absolute fullness of the truth” of what Jesus endured in his last few hours, and that that was the only way he would ever portray Christ.

3. A headache of a make-up process

Most days, Jim needed to be on set by 2am to endure hours of make-up application. Gibson’s vision included making Jesus as realistic as possible for a man born in that region at that time. Jim wore a prosthetic nose and brown contacts – they even raised his hairline. For much of the filming, he wore make up that made it look like his eye was swollen shut, which effected his depth perception and vision, causing migraines. 
Jim Caviezel Starring as Jesus in The Passion of the Christ to make Pilgrimage with 206 Tours

4. Jim endured lots of physical ailments

While filming what has been recognized as one of the most graphic and violent films ever made, there was no shortage of real injury and pain – mainly suffered by the lead actor. In keeping with the goal of authenticity to the horrors suffered by Jesus, Jim was put in very precarious and potentially dangerous spots. He suffered scratches and bruises from the chains he wore and even dislocated his shoulder carrying the 150-pound cross, which was captured on film and kept in the movie. While filming the scene where Jesus delivers the Sermon on the Mount, Jim and the Assistant Director, Jan Michelini, both were struck by lightening just minutes apart. This was the second time Jan was struck during the project.
Jim hung on the cross in below freezing temperatures and strong wind, which almost caused hypothermia – leading to pneumonia and a lung infection. During the scourging scene, Jim was accidentally whipped twice by the two actors portraying Roman soldiers, one of the hits leaving a 14-inch gash in his back.

5. Through the pain, his Faith never wavered

During an interview on The Today Show, Jim shared how challenging making the film was for him. He shared how he turned to prayer when he was struggling, exhausted, overwhelmed, and doubtful. He said he wasn’t sure if he was going to be able to handle the pain, or maintain the physical and emotional endurance needed to complete the film. Jim shared that he needed to listen to his heart rather than his head to get through the filming process.
As a devout Catholic, Jim felt the process forced him to become closer to God and his Faith. He said that when he was at his most doubtful, he turned to prayer;
“It forced me into the arms of God. That’s the only place I could go. That’s when God’s voice came to me. ‘Hey, don’t you worry about it. Let me take care of it, and will you allow me to use you to play?’ And that’s when I just said, All right, I’m going to let you perform, and I’m going to step out of the way.”
As we mentioned in an earlier blog post, in January of 2018, Jim confirmed the rumors that he would be reprising his role as Jesus Christ in Gibson’s upcoming sequel which is said to follow the three days after Jesus’s death and explore his Resurrection.
In April of 2019, Jim will be joining 206 Tours on a Special Pilgrimage to the Holy Land in preparation for the role. There are limited spots available, reserve your spot today! 

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206 Tours - What is a Relic Blog
Many Pilgrimage visit important Shrines that house Sacred Catholic Relics. Understanding the way relics are classified in the Catholic Church is important to fully appreciate these amazing pieces of our shared history and why they are so strongly venerated.
A Relic, in religious terms, usually refers to the physical remains or personal effects of a Saint or Holy person that have been saved and preserved in an official reliquary, also known as a Shrine.  The Catholic Church recognizes three classes of relics.

1. First-Class Relics

The most sacred class, a first-class relic refers to an item that is directly associated with the life of Jesus Christ. However, physical remains of a Saint’s body are also classified as first-class relics. In many cases, this type of first-class relic is entombed in an altar stone.
An example of a famous first-class relic can be found in Bethlehem in the Church of the Nativity in Manger Square. It is in the Grotto of the Nativity that you can see a relic of the original Manger at the place of Jesus’ birth – now marked by a star in the floor.

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Another example of a first-class relic is the incorrupt body of St. John Vianney, the patron Saint of Parish Priests, who’s remains are entombed above the main altar in the Basilica in Ars-sur-Formans in France. 

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206 Tours - St. John Vianney - Relics Blog

You can visit Ars on our Great Shrines of France Tour.

2. Second-Class Relics

A second-class relic is typically a personal belonging of a Saint or Holy person. In many cases, this is a piece of clothing or an object used by the Saint. The Latin term, “Ex indumentis”, meaning “from the clothing”, is often used when referring to a second-class Holy relic.
A famous example of a second-class relic is the chain that attached the Apostle Paul to the Roman solider while imprisoned in Rome, which is housed in the Papal Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls. 

206 Tours - Relics Blog

206 Tours - Relics Blog

3. Third-Class Relics 

An object that has been touched to a first-class relic is classified as a third-class relic. Many Catholics will bring a Crucifix or Rosary to a shrine and touch it to the venerated relic, thereby making it a third-class relic. However, unlike first and second-class relics, third class relics will not be formally recognized with official documentation.

Traveler’s Tip: Third-Class Relics Make Great Gifts!

When traveling in the Holy Land, you can visit all of the sites, and in the order of the Gospel. You will have the opportunity to enter the Tomb in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, touch the Rock of Agony in the Church of All Nations, touch the star in the Grotto of the Church of the Nativity .. and many more. Bring extra Rosaries with you – and have them in hand when you touch each spot. This way, you can gift friends and family members with Third Class Relics when you return home!

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For most Catholics, a Pilgrimage to The Holy Land is a Bucket-List trip, and life goal. A pilgrimage is a spiritual journey to Holy and Sacred places in our world – God calls on us to take pilgrimages to walk towards Him, deepen our faith, and to know Him more fully. A Pilgrimage to the Holy Land has so much to offer, as you can visit the sites where your favorite Bible verses took place, and literally walk where Jesus walked and feel profoundly connected to Him.

The Holy Land Checklist

Finding Jesus

Here is a checklist of Catholic sites where you can find Jesus in The Holy Land

1. Cana – [John 2:1-11] 

This town is the site where Jesus performed His first public miracle, turning water into wine at a wedding, at the request of The Blessed Mother Mary.
Many married couples travel in pilgrimage to Cana and renew their vows at the Franciscan Church.

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2. Nazareth – [Matthew 13:54-58]

In Nazareth, you can visit the site of the Blessed Virgin Mary’s home, and tour the town where Jesus lived as a child. Here, you can see the Church of the Annunciation, the Byzantine Church of St. Joseph, and Mary’s Well. Though Jesus lived much of his life in Nazareth, he was famously rejected here by the community upon returning to his home town.

3. The Sea of Galilee – [Luke 5:1]

This astonishing natural beauty is the site where Jesus spoke the word of God to many listeners and encouraged Peter and several fishermen to cast their nets once more after a night of unproductive fishing, to reveal a miraculously fruitful bounty.

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4. Tabgha – [Luke 9:10-17]

Tabgha is the town where Jesus fed a crowd of 5,000 people from just five loaves of bread, and two fish.  Here you can also visit “Peter’s Primacy”, the Church that commemorates Jesus’ reinstating of Peter as an Apostle. 

5. Capernaum – [Matthew 4]

Here you can see the Synagogue where Jesus taught and launched His Ministry as well as the Church that was built over the original site of Peter’s home.

6. Mount of Beatitudes – [Luke 6:20-49]

Visit the site where Jesus delivered his powerful Sermon on the Mount.

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7. Mount Tabor – [Matthew 17:1-50]

Mount Tabor is where the miracle of Jesus’ Transfiguration took place. You can celebrate Mass at the Franciscan Church of the Transfiguration that sits atop the Mount. 

8. Bethlehem – [Matthew 2:1-18]

Bethlehem is home to the Church of the Nativity in Manger Square. It is in the Grotto of the Nativity that you can see the place of Jesus’ birth – marked by a star in the floor. There is also a relic of the original manger there. As “Votive” Masses are said in the Holy Land, St. Catherine’s is where you celebrate Christmas Mass – today and every day!

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9. The River Jordan – [Matthew 3:13-17]

At the River Jordan you can experience the place where Jesus was Baptized by John.

10. Gethsemane- [Luke 22:29-53]

Gethsemane sits at the foot of the Mount of Olives. It was in this garden that Jesus spent his final night. Pilgrims come to this beautiful garden, which houses trees with roots that go back to the time of Jesus, to reflect and mourn. Nearby is the Church of All Nations, which houses the Rock of Agony – the very rock which Jesus wept over Jerusalem and prayed alone on the night of his arrest.

11. Mount Zion [Luke 22:33-34] & [Matthew 26:17-30]

At the Church of Peter in Gallicantu, on Mount Zion, Peter denied Christ three times. It was also here that you will find the Upper Room, where Jesus and His disciples celebrated the famous Last Supper.

12. Via Dolorosa & the Church of the Holy Sepulcher [Luke 23: 26-33]

Walk the Via Dolorosa, or The Way of the Cross, in the city where Jesus was condemned to death and crucified. The Stations of the Cross goes through the markets in the Old City and ending at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher where the site of Cavalry and the Tomb of Christ is located.
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Traveling through these sites, reflecting in prayer and spirituality, will no doubt strengthen your relationships with Christ. Your footsteps will become His as you celebrate Votive Masses in the very places where these miraculous gifts became pages in the Gospel. See where He was back then and feel how He is still there today!
Join 206 Tours and make your Pilgrimage to the Holy Land to experience Him, follow in His footsteps, and see Him in the works He performed. 

206 Tours - Holy Land - Dr. Scott Hahn

Join Biblical Scholar and Theologian, Dr. Scott and Kimberly Hahn on a Lenten Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

March 7 – 17, 2019

Register before July 15, 2018 and receive $100 OFF!

To register, visit www.206tours.com/scotthahn/.
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