Saint Thecla the Martyr – Feast Day – January 18

Today is Friday, January 27, 2023

Saint Thecla the Martyr was born in 30 AD, in Iconium, present day Konya, Turkey. She lived as a early Christian missionary and was the disciple of Apostle Paul. She died in the late 1st century AD and was buried in Rome, alongside Apostle Paul’s Tomb. His feast day is celebrated on January 18.

The Memorial of St. Thecla the Martyr – Saint of the Day

St. Thecla the Martyr Biography

Date of Birth 30 AD
Country of Birth Turkey
Matrimony/Holy Orders Saints who were Not Married
Profession Missionary
Place of Work Italy
Date of Death Early second century
Place of Death Salerno, Italy
Feast Day January 18
Beatification N/A
Canonization Canonized by Pre congregation
Patron Saint of Tarragona, Catalonia, Spain
 

Saint Thecla the Martyr’s Life History

Thecla was born in 30 AD, in Iconium, present day Konya, Turkey. She was passionate and very attentive to the Pauline teachings and summons on chastity. This however pushed her fiancee and her mother to report her to the authorities alongside Paul for punishment.

Due to this, Paul was driven out of the city and upon Thecla divorcing her fiancee in order to live a chaste life, she was sentenced to be burnt at the stake. Fortunately for her, a storm botched the incident and she was saved. She hastily caught up with Paul and went to Antioch.

While there, a man by the name Alexander, attempted to sexually harass her and she fought back. She was later charged with assault and the punishment given to her was that she was to be fed to the lions.

Lucky for her, a miraculous incident happened. The lionesses protected her while in the arena and she took this opportunity to escape by baptizing herself in to a lake full of aggressive seals and was unharmed, thankfully to the Grace of God.

She joined Paul in Myra, where she spread the gospel, healing the sick, empowering women on the benefits of living a chaste life and persuading people to love God and live a life that pleases him.

It is said that she lived out her life in a cave as a hermitess in Seleucia, Cilicia. It is unclear on when and where she died but she was buried in Rome, next to the tomb of Apostle Paul.

Saint Thecla the Martyr’s Birth

Thecla was born in 30 AD, in Iconium, present day Konya, Turkey.

Saint Thecla the Martyr’s Death

She died in the late 1st century AD and was buried in Rome, alongside Apostle Paul’s Tomb.

Saint Thecla the Martyr’s Profession

She lived as a early chrostian missionary and was the disciple of Apostle Paul.

Saint Thecla the Martyr’s Canonization

She was canonized pre-congregation.

Saint Thecla the Martyr is Venerated in

She is venerated in the Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox and Episcopal Churches and the Coptic Christianity.

Saint Thecla the Martyr’s Feast Day

His feast day is celebrated on January 18.

Major Shrines

Some of her major shrines include; The Tomb of Saint Theca in Maaloula, the Monastery of Saint Tecla in Larnaca and the Catacomb of Saint Tecla in Rome.

Saint Thecla the Martyr is the Patron Saint of

She is the patron saint of Tarragonia, Spain.

Saint Thecla the Martyr
St. Thecla the Martyr


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