Catholic Saints

Saint Thecla

  • Short, concise biography of Saint Thecla
  • History, Life, Biography, Facts and Information about Saint Thecla
  • Fast, concise facts and information about Saint Thecla
  • What is Saint Thecla the patron of?
  • Date of Death
  • How Saint Thecla is represented in Christian Art
  • Feast Day

The Patron Saint Thecla

What is the definition and the meaning of the Patron Saints and why were these people chosen to become patrons of causes, professions and countries?

The term 'Patron' is used in Christian religions, including the Roman Catholic religion, to describe holy and virtuous men and women who are considered to be a defender of a specific group of people or of a country.

There is a patron for virtually every cause, country, profession or special interest. There are two categories of saints: martyrs and confessors. A martyr is one who is put to death for his Christian faith or convictions.

Fast, concise facts and information about Saint Thecla
The following provides fast and concise facts and information:

  • The patron of Tarragona, Spain
  • Memorial Day / Feast Day: September 23rd
  • Date of Death: Saint Thecla died in the 1st century AD

Who or what is Saint Thecla the patron saint of?
Saint Thecla is the patron of Tarragona, Spain. Meanings, definition and origins - a patron is considered to be a defender of a specific group of people or of a nation. There is a patron for virtually every cause, profession or special interest. Prayers are considered more likely to be answered by asking a patron for intercession on their behalf.

The Story and History of Saint Thecla
The story and history of Saint Thecla. Thecla was a young, unmarried girl from a noble family who lived in Iconomium, near Antioch,  in the region of Galatia in modern Turkey. She lived during the period following the crucifixion of Jesus when Paul the Apostle was spreading the Christian faith. On his first ministry journey Paul travelled to Iconomium where he gave his sermons in the house of Onesiphorus. Thecla heard the preaching of Saint Paul and converted to Christianity. Shew was arrested for her faith and sentenced to death in the arena. The legend states that she was exposed to the lions in the amphitheatre at Antioch, but these refused to touch her. The Antiochian authorities released her and Thecla joined Saint Paul on his missionary journeys. 

How Saint Thecla is represented in Christian Art
It is helpful to be able to recognise Saint Thecla in paintings, stained glass windows, illuminated manuscripts, architecture and other forms of Christian art. The artistic representations reflect the life or death of saints, or an aspect of life with which the person is most closely associated. Saint Thecla is represented in Christian Art in a mantle of dark brown or grey, the plain colours generally affected by Greek philosophers and others who forsook the world, and with wild beasts around her. The legend states that she was exposed to the lions in the amphitheatre at Antioch, but these refused to touch her.

Feast Day of Saint Thecla
The Feast Day of Saint Thecla is September 23rd. The origin of Feast Days: most saints have specially designated feast days and are associated with a specific day of the year and these are referred to as the saint's feast day. The feast days first arose from the very early Christian custom of the annual commemoration of martyrs on the dates of their deaths at the same time celebrating their birth into heaven.

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