The Bible with verse by verse commentary from the church fathers. Catena presents insights on the scripture by early Christian theologians whose faith is the basis of all Christians.

Catena (from Latin meaning “a chain”): brings the faith that was taught by Christ, preached by the Apostles and kept by the fathers. Contains homilies of the early church fathers whose teachings have enlightened our minds and our hearts. Commentaries from the original Church perspective speaks to the deeper experience in the roots of the authentic faith.

Catena presents a remarkable combination of historic insights and practical instructions in Christian living. Catena provides background information on the historical, literary, and theological dimensions of the Scripture.

If you are looking for authoritative guidance in interpreting Scripture, understanding the early church, and learning how to apply the Word of God to your spiritual life, Catena will be a treasured resource for you

God Bless!

What's New

Version 2.1

Daily Readings, now on Catena!
5 Readings, everyday, 365 days a year.

God bless!

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
34 Ratings
34 Ratings

Amazing app recommended to seminarian classmates

This was an app that I’d previously checked out and liked, but stopped using as I didn’t see a way to filter to only Orthodox fathers. With the tradition filter now in place, I was happy to redownload it. The inclusion of the “Apocrypha” makes it even better.

The one improvement I’d like to see, which would bump my rating to five stars, would be an option to see daily readings from the Orthodox lectionary.

God bless the developers.

Developer Response

We're so glad the new version is more useful for you! We've released the latest update of Catena with the daily readings! God Bless 🙏🏼


Sharing on social media not working

Love the app and really appreciate the effort. As an Orthodox Christian reading the fathers is so beneficial alongside the scriptural text. Unfortunately, the sharing on social media aspect isn’t working properly. It would also be great to have the Orthodox lectionary as an option in addition to scriptures and writings of the fathers in Greek.

Please consider these adjustments for future releases. Thank you!


Awesome but...

This is a truly awesome and helpful app and I love it so far but there’s no commentary on any of the apocryphal portions? Also its missing the rest of Esther and maybe other apocryphal books? And What Bible version is it I can’t find what it is? Is there a way to change versions?


David Salib
21 MB
Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© David Salib 2017


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