TikTok trend explained: Holy spirit activate

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Please welcome the father, the son and the holy TikTok spirit.

There's nothing like asking the combined power of TikTok and the Holy Spirit to help hype you up for important moments in your life. 

Many TikTokers have turned to a catchy mantra to help them through life's tough spots at the moment, but where does it come from?

Screenshots of videos from TikTok. Source: TikTok
The soundbite is taking over TikTok. Source: TikTok

Where does the trend come from?

The popular soundbite from an episode of Celebrity Family Feud that aired in September. In the clip, Chynna Phillips — from the 90s pop group Wilson Phillips — turns to the Holy Spirit before her turn, interrupting host Steve Harvey to sing her very own theme song.

“Holy Spirit activate! Holy Spirit activate!” Chynna chanted while dancing and clapping. 

“Holy Spirit, activate, activate, activate!

“11 years, this has never happened before,” the bemused host responded.

What does the trend involve? 

TikTok users are using the soundbite to tap into their inner spirituality — or at least coming up with some pretty impressive movements to accompany it.

Miming the words to the catchy chant, they act out a scenario which they need to "activate" the holy spirit for.

Most popular videos in the trend so far?

Many verified TikTokers have used the soundbite, adding their own spin (and moves) to it.

There are over 290,000 videos that have used the soundbite so far.

Why is the trend so popular?

The soundbite has resulted in some pretty funny TikToks, with people tapping into their Holy Spirit for everything from dealing with toddler tantrums to preparing for a test.

It's also a soundbite that can be applied to many diverse situations, which can sometimes be useful in the TikTok space.

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