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Receive The Power - Official Anthem of WYD 2008

Updated on October 31, 2015

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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      catholic understander 5 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

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      Love 7 years ago

      I love the song!!!!!!

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      charles 7 years ago

      I will always ptraise guy sebastian for this very wonderful song

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      Carlo Jon borbon 7 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...

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      Er 8 years ago

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

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

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      cbLover 8 years ago

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

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      judith gonzalez 8 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!

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      roden 8 years ago

      be a GOD servant and give all you have!

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      HAZEL MARIE 8 years ago

      A VERY WONDERFUL SONG.

      I LOVE IT! AND MY FRIENDS LOVE IT TOO

      GOD RULES!

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      angel  9 years ago

      my opinion is to late.

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

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      Natalie 9 years ago

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

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

      FOREVERRR!!!!!! :)

      GOD BLESS U ALL

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      michelle  9 years ago

      the song is amazing because i always sing that song

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      jefferson 9 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

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      Khadi 9 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

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      Telesia Solomona 9 years ago

      I need French and Italian version of Receive the Power

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      Esteban 9 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

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      Yungy 9 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!

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      anita 9 years ago

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

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      roy 9 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.!

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      Josh 9 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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      Marie-Claire 9 years ago

      Amen! Tears well in my eyes as I feel The Almighty Lord's presence in this song! Thank you

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      marisa 9 years ago

      I love the song is amazing. I am going to the wyd and it will be incredible

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      caroline 9 years ago

      i am going to the wyd!! and i cant be more excitedddddddd i wanna go now! i love this songgg

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      catherine 9 years ago

      IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII LLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUVVVVVVVVVVVV THIS SONG AND I WANNA GO TO WYD BUT I CAN'T!!!! THIS SONG OH MY GOSH I LOVE IT I CRIED THE FIRST TIME I HEARD IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      nika 9 years ago

      im happy because many young youth that follow jesus to this gadering

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      Rochelle 9 years ago

      Does anyone know where can i find the french lyrics??

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      sheridan 9 years ago

      touched my heart... i wanna go to wyd 2008 but i knw i cant better luck next time.

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      Marvin Oquendo 9 years ago

      Receive the power, young people of the world... CHRIST is within us...!

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      Marek 9 years ago

      Really beautiful song...Lamb of God We worship you!...Receive the Power to be a light into world...AMEN

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      Merle Ann Johnson 9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      what a wonderful voice these two have..children singing always bring the tears to my eyes.  Their voices are so pure and honest.Before my younger sister died of  breast cancer she took her 4 children to the one in Canada..they were very moved to see the Pope and be among all the young catholic and faithful  youths that attended.  they still talk about it. In fact on Thanksgiving this year we discussed it.

      wonderdful Hub and love the song..July 10th right?  You are a dear dear person  Thank you G-Ma :O)

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      Wehzo 9 years ago

      Wonderful hub, and amazing song. Thank you MM Del Rosario for sharing.