WYD08 Co-ordinator Bishop Anthony Fisher said Guy Sebastian’s Receive the Power “very effectively” captures the two aspects of the event’s theme: Christ’s promise of the Holy Spirit and the witness that believers will be “to all the ends of the earth”.
“In the chorus the Risen Christ addresses the young people of the world …in the verses the young people respond,” he said.
“This dialogue in the Spirit between Christ and the young disciple is at the heart of evangelisation, catechesis, the act of faith and worship. It is at the heart of World Youth Day.”
Bishop Anthony said that one of the “goals and undoubted fruits” of WYD is a “rediscovery” of the richness of God’s Word and hence the appropriateness of Guy’s composition being based on scripture.
He also described it as “Christological” as it is “taken from the last words Christ spoke to his disciples before he ascended to the Father”.
“The World Youth Day song is also a premonition, a foretaste of that day when by the power of the Holy Spirit, all divisions between peoples will cease and ‘every nation, every tribe’ will ‘come together to worship You … Lamb of God’.”
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