Legendary saint who is told to have heard St. Paul preach from her window and so became Christian. Her fiancee was angered by this and had the authorities imprison St. Paul. St. Thecla visited him in secret but was caught. They were sentenced to die by fire, but rain fell and put it out.
Later on St. Thecla followed St. Paul dressed as a boy. They moved into a house in Antioch where a young man called Alexander fell in love with her. When she refused him he had her revealed and arrested. She was thrown to the wild beasts, but one of the lions defended her. St. Thecla was then thrown into the sea but was once again rescued.
Eventually St. Thecla became a recluse, and died as such in Seleucia.
Orthodox nameday: 24/9
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