MOCRA offers its visitors a free booklet of self-guided reflections on the art included in the MOCRA exhibition Good Friday.

Partially inspired by the Stations of the Cross, we have identified six episodes which are reflected in the works in the Good Friday exhibition. For each of these episodes, in addition to a brief summary of the episode and its significance, we provide:

For centuries Christians have observed the season of Lent as a time of preparation for Easter. Over time a rich body of devotional literature and practices has developed which believers can draw on to aid in their prayer and reflection. Visual imagery holds a significant place in this repertoire of prayer aids.

The artists in MOCRA's exhibition Good Friday have responded to the many powerful images, stories, and symbols of the suffering and death of Jesus. In this small booklet, we offer resources to help you approach these contemporary works of art in a spirit of prayerful reflection. Whether this is a familiar or unfamiliar way for you to pray, we hope that the Good Friday exhibition can help open new dimensions in your Lenten prayer and reflection.

Your feedback is important to us, as we hope to learn from this first booklet to develop similar reflection materials for future exhibitions and for people of other faith traditions.

In a time when religion is a predominant topic in societies throughout the world—often generating more heat than light—MOCRA continues to foster dialogue that seeks deeper understanding of others’ traditions and greater appreciation of one’s own.

For over 35 years, the Fusz Memorial Chapel was used by Jesuits studying philosophy at Saint Louis University, but in 1990 the Jesuits relocated to smaller residences near the campus. In Spring 1991 Saint Louis University President Rev. Lawrence Biondi, S.J., gave permission to Rev. Terrence Dempsey, S.J., to adapt the chapel for use as a museum devoted to the presentation of contemporary religious Art. A thoughtful renovation made the chapel a suitable and noteworthy space for displaying art while honoring the original purpose and architecture of the building.

Since then, the museum has mounted 35 exhibitions involving more than 160 artists. MOCRA’s exhibitions have demonstrated the range of contemporary religious and spiritual artistic expression, presenting the work of artists who have attained recognition regionally, nationally, and internationally. Some work overtly pays homage to particular faith traditions while other works are more oblique but nonetheless spiritual. The media employed have varied from traditional painting, drawing, and prints to unusual materials such as blood, earth, mylar, and helium. Exhibitions at MOCRA have been enhanced by numerous conferences, lectures, and performances involving major theologians, visual artists, art historians, museum directors and curators, doctors, lawyers, philosophers, psychologists, choreographers, and musicians.

Please join us as we celebrate the first fifteen years of MOCRA, a foundational legacy
upon which we will build ever more expansive exhibitions and programming.


relevant passages from the Scriptures
a list of artworks that relate to the episode
a reflection and reflection questions on one or two of those artworks
space for notes or journaling

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The artworks are keyed to a diagram on the back cover showing the location of each work.

Group visits
While this booklet is designed for use by individuals, it can also be a helpful aid for groups that might want to meditate with the art individually, then come together to discuss the experience. MOCRA is happy to make arrangements for such group visits. For additional information, please contact the museum at 314-977-7170 or by e-mail.

For more information about the exhibition Good Friday, click here.

This project was made possible through the support of

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Museum of Contemporary Religious Art
Saint Louis University