Saint Thekla (or Thecla) was born into a pagan noble family just sixteen years after the Ascension. When she was eighteen, against the wishes of her mother and fiancé, she became a disciple of St. Paul. Despite the objections of her family and the government, Thekla remained steadfast in her new faith. She faced public execution, but was saved and even baptized miraculously. After she gave all the wealth she had to Paul to aid his ministry, Thekla went to live an ascetic life in the wilderness.
Throughout her life, she suffered greatly for Christ and supernaturally escaped martyrdom on several occasions. At the age of 90, followers of the goddess Artemis went to defile Thekla. She cried out to the Lord, and the earth split open to hide her; she gave up her soul.
Though she did not die a typical martyric death, for her sufferings the Church has given her the title of Protomartyr (first martyr), and for her work of evangelism, she is called an Equal-to-the-Apostles. Her feast is celebrated on September 24 (September 23 in the West; October 3 by the Copts).
This icon was painted by Athanasius Clark.
As part of a new mission parish named for St. Thecla , this was exactly the addition I needed for my prayer corner. As always the quality is wonderful , and the speed of delivery was wonderful.
We can ship to virtually any address in the world. Note that there are restrictions on some products, and some products cannot be shipped to international destinations.
When you place an order, we will estimate shipping and delivery dates for you based on the availability of your items and the shipping options you choose. Depending on the shipping provider you choose, shipping date estimates may appear on the shipping quotes page.
Please note that our icons and some other items are hand-crafted and made-to-order. Allow time for production. Please visit our Shipping FAQ page for more information.
We allow returns for many of our items, but restrictions apply. Please visit our Return Policy page for more information.