Saint Thekla suffered for Christ in Persia with St Nerses and his disciple Joseph; the bishops John, Saverius, Isaac and Hypatius; the martyrs Azades the Eunuch, Savonius, Thekla, Anna and many other men and women. They were executed in 343 during a persecution against Christians under the emperor Sapor II.

St Thekla was one of many men and women who underwent torture, suffering and death for Christ.