The Gift

I slept good last night. I fell asleep sometime before 4, woke up once to let the dogs out, bit otherwise slept until 2. I guess I needed the sleep. I spent most of the day converting videos for the kids’ homeschool site. Gidget has been knocking herself out putting a whole bunch of content up on their site.

This evening I was looking for the Litany of the Saints. I am sure you’ve heard it, but I was looking for a specific copy of it. I wanted the version from Pope John Paul II’s funeral. I have heard the Litany hundreds of times, none of them with the same effect as that one. Every time I hear the Sistine Choir perform that version of the chant, I feel a few steps closer to God.

After the first hour I was quite discouraged. I could not find a copy of it anywhere (in mp3 format). I found a couple clips on YouTube, a few of which were quite horrible in quality, but then I found one copy on YouTube that was excellent, except it cut off before the end.

I followed link after link only to find that in most cases, the pages (not just the files) did not exist any more. Each and every single link I followed for the next half hour or so, led to a dead end. I was very upset to say the least. I wanted a copy for my iPod, and I was willing to pay for it, but I couldn’t find that version of it.

My search led me to a great number of Polish websites. Have you ever looked for a particular file on a Polish website when you do not speak or read Polish? It was difficult to say the least. I searched and searched for another hour and a half, and found myself saying, “Come on John Paul, help me here. I just want a copy of the Litany from your funeral. When I hear it I feel close to God. I miss you.”

As the next page loaded, there it was. The version I was looking for was sitting in the Flash music player at the bottom of the page on the site. I couldn’t believe it. With a little work (looking at the source code and grabbing the location of the file from the playlist), I finally had the version I was looking for, and it was all thanks to Pope John Paul II!

At first I thought it was too good to be true. I loaded an audio application I work with and pulled in the audio from the YouTube video as well as the audio file I had found. Once they were lined up in the application, they were an identical match. I still can’t believe it.

Pope John Paul II once said, “I have a sweet tooth for song and music. This is my Polish sin.” I should have known he would help me find the music I was looking for, if I just took the time to ask. Personally, I felt it was my own small miracle, performed by the very soul I was thinking of while looking for it.

So, to make it easier for anyone else searching for a copy of “Litany of the Saints” or “Litaniae Sanctorum” from the funeral of Pope John Paul II, here it is:

[audio:http://www.michaeltbarrett.com/litania_przeniesienie_ciala.mp3]

If you’re looking for a copy to download and keep for yourself, the filename is litania_przeniesienie_ciala.mp3 and you can download it by right clicking on that filename and saving the file to your computer.

Consider it my small gift to you, courtesy of Pope John Paul II.