Catena Aurea

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.

Vol. 42: Gospel of Matthew
STATUS:    Editing
TRANSLATOR:    John Henry Parker
SOURCE TEXTS:    Marietti 1953 edition
This volume of the Catena Aurea is St. Thomas’ compilation of texts for the gospel of Matthew probably finished in time for St. Thomas to present it to Pope Urban IV before the Pope’s death. St. Thomas sheds the light of the Church Fathers on the gospel of Matthew.
Vol. 43: Gospel of Mark
STATUS:    Editing
TRANSLATOR:    John Henry Newman
SOURCE TEXTS:    Marietti 1953 edition
The second volume of the Catena Aurea is St. Thomas’s arrangement of what the Church Fathers write about the gospel of Mark. St. Thomas organizes the texts so that it is clear what the Church Fathers thought about different passages in the gospel of Mark.
Vol. 44: Gospel of Luke
STATUS:    Editing
TRANSLATOR:    John Henry Newman
SOURCE TEXTS:    Marietti 1953 edition
The third volume moves to the compilation of the writings of the Church Fathers concerning the gospel of Luke. St. Thomas’s clarity of thought is helpful in this arrangement of quotations from the Church Fathers concerning the gospel of Luke.
Vol. 45: Gospel of John
STATUS:    Editing
TRANSLATOR:    John Henry Newman
SOURCE TEXTS:    Marietti 1953 edition
The final volume in the Catena Aurea explores the meaning of the gospel of John. The quotations from the Church Fathers show the complexity of this beautiful gospel, guided into a unity of thought by the mind of St. Thomas.