(Messiaen: Saint François d’Assise). Bar. St Francis of Assisi prays to God to help him reach a state of spiritual grace. At various stages of his journey he is encouraged by an Angel. He finds the strength to embrace a Leper, who is cured. And, in answer to his prayers, he is given the stigmata and experiences the pain and the peace felt by Christ on the cross. Created (1983) by José van Dam.