Receive The Power - Official Anthem of WYD 2008

Sydney hosted the 23rd World Youth Day in July 2008. Hundreds of thousands of young people from all around the world gathered to celebrate the World Youth Day.

The theme song for the 23rd World Youth Day was "Receive the Power", written by Guy Sebastian (winner of the first Australian Idol contest in 2003) and Gary Pinto. It was built around the theme chosen by Pope Benedict XVI: "You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses" (Acts 1:8).

The World Youth Day coordinator, Auxiliary Bishop Anthony Fisher, states that they wanted a song that was stirring and uplifting and a theme that had to measure up thematically and be an anthem yet be easily sung by people of all language backgrounds. Guy Sebastian's song "Receive the Power" has matched all these criteria. Bishop Fisher was right when he says that that 'Receive the Power' will rally young Catholics of all backgrounds to World Youth Day.

Receive the Power - Guy Sebastian and Paulini

Lyrics - Receive the Power

Verse 1

Every nation, every tribe,

come together to worship You.

In Your presence we delight,

we will follow to the ends of the earth.

Chorus

Alleluia! Alleluia!

Receive the Power, from the Holy Spirit!

Alleluia! Alleluia!

Receive the Power to be a light unto the world!

Verse 2

As Your Spirit calls to rise

we will answer and do Your Will.

We'll forever testify

of Your mercy and unfailing love.

Chorus

Alleluia! Alleluia!

Receive the Power, from the Holy Spirit!

Alleluia! Alleluia!

Receive the Power to be a light unto the world!

Bridge

Lamb of God, we worship You,

Holy One, we worship You,

Bread of Life, we worship You,

Emmanuel, we worship You.

Lamb of God, we worship You,

Holy One, we worship You,

Bread of Life, we worship You,

Emmanuel, we will sing forever.

Chorus

Alleluia! Alleluia!

Receive the Power, from the Holy Spirit!

Alleluia! Alleluia!

Receive the Power to be a light unto the world

The English version was performed by Guy Sebastian and Paulini Curuenavuli. "Receive the Power" was also translated in Spanish, Italian and French. The Italian version has been recorded by Robert Galea, a Maltese seminarian on exchange in Australia.

Guy and Paulini  performed the WYD08 song on 20 July before the Papal address accompanied by a 150 piece orchestra and 300 piece choir on the biggest stage ever constructed in Australia.

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Comments 31 comments

catholic understander 4 years ago

.... i'm not catholic but i wish i was its just that i want to pass down my religion from father to son/daughter but i understand this stuff and if i listen to this song after they had a bad day they'd feel better i went to a catholic school so i know everything they taught me


Love 6 years ago

I love the song!!!!!!


charles 6 years ago

I will always ptraise guy sebastian for this very wonderful song


Carlo Jon borbon 6 years ago

?it's great to hear an inspiring song like this...it really heals a life to the fullest...and god really reings in my heart forever alleluia...


Er 7 years ago

I love to listen to the song again and again...

Thanks and God bless those who made this song and lyrics possible.


cbLover 7 years ago

love this song !!! i just love it ,, great music and lyrics !!!


judith gonzalez 7 years ago

hello youths! This song is a wonderful and very truly pray for young and every ages catholics all around the world. I cried every time i saw it because Lord Jesus loves me and we the youngest catholics are very proud to be one of dearest sheep of the sheperd!


roden 7 years ago

be a GOD servant and give all you have!


HAZEL MARIE 7 years ago

A VERY WONDERFUL SONG.

I LOVE IT! AND MY FRIENDS LOVE IT TOO

GOD RULES!


angel  8 years ago

my opinion is to late.

but to see this video, the heart is broken because i feel the spirit power


Natalie 8 years ago

I LUVV THIS SONGG SOO MUCHHH!!!!!!!!!

LAMB OF GOD WE WORSHIP YOU!!!!!!!!!!

FOREVERRR!!!!!! :)

GOD BLESS U ALL


michelle  8 years ago

the song is amazing because i always sing that song


jefferson 8 years ago

very nice song....that touch my heart....because i am apart of youth ministry and that song is out theme song for the youth world day or insteads, it is our theme song for everybody...and god blessed us


Khadi 8 years ago

even though iam not catholic or christain, i go to a catholic school and when my teacher showed my class a power point of WYD, and i heard this song, i just loved the song. LOL


Telesia Solomona 8 years ago

I need French and Italian version of Receive the Power


Esteban 8 years ago

A great sond indeed.........the lyrics, the melody, all of it, I really love this song. I was there when they sang it LIVE in the closing Mass with the Pope.........you are right, one cannot contain the tears. Everyone, Receive the Power of the Holy Spirit

God bless you all


Yungy 8 years ago

Praise be to God! This song has truly blest us all. May the Holy Spirit fill your hearts as you sing in rejoice for God!


anita 8 years ago

I adore the song and i have a voice for it but i am shy


roy 8 years ago

wow What a nice song. \Tears feel in my eyes when i heard this song. I keep singing it and every time i sung it, i was deeply touched by its message..praise the LORd.!


Josh 8 years ago

i love this song, i can't wait, me and my group are heading to ausralia in four day, i really can't wait to meet all youth aroungh the world with the samefaith as mine.


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