Thekla by Ikonium

Orthodox Remembrance Day: 24 September

Catholic Remembrance Day: 23 September

Name means: Glory to God (Greek)

Messenger of Faith, Martyr

Patroness: the dying; against eye ailments, plague, snakes, wild animals, fire hazards; for the recovery of man and animal

Attributes: half-naked tied to stake; lion, pyre, bears, snakes; with Paul


* around 35 in Ikonium, today Konya

in the 1st century

Antike original russische Ikone aus dem 19. Jahrhundert.


Thekla is said to have been the beautiful daughter of rich parents and highly educated. She is considered a disciple of the Apostle Paul. In the house of Aniseferus in her hometown, she heard him preach, was converted and was baptized by him. According to medieval legends, she refused to marry her fiancé, whereupon he and her own mother reported her to the governor persecuting the Christians. Thekla was sentenced to death by fire, but a rain extinguished the flames and an earthquake caused all bystanders to flee.


Joachim Schäfer: Article Thekla von Ikonium, from the Ecumenical Dictionary of Saints –

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