STATUS:    Research
TRANSLATOR:    John Henry Newman
SOURCE TEXTS:    Marietti 1953 edition

The Catena Aurea is one of St. Thomas’s most interesting works. It is a compilation of the thoughts of the Church Fathers on the four Gospels. St. Thomas quotes from an array of the Latin Church Fathers as well as quoting from an unexpectedly large number of the Eastern Church Fathers. St. Thomas carefully selected and edited these quotations so that each work would be a united whole. In a manner uncommon for an author of his time, St. Thomas was careful to note his sources.

As a gloss of the Gospels containing quotations from the Church Fathers of both the East and the West, arranged and selected by St. Thomas, the Catena Aurea is a rare aid for studying scripture.