1. The devil then suggested bad advice to their minds on a day they met to
reasoned among each other thus: The virgin is a priestess of the great
goddess Diana, and
whatever she requests from her is granted, because she is a virgin and is
beloved by all the gods.
2. Let us procure some rakish fellows, and after we have made them
sufficiently drunk and
given them a good sum of money, let us order them to go and debauch this virgin,
promising them, if they do it, a larger reward.
3. (For they thus concluded among themselves, that if they were able to
debauch her, the
gods would no more regard her, nor Diana cure the sick for her.)
4. They proceeded according to this resolution, and the fellows went to the
mountain, and as fierce as lions to the cave, they knocked at the door.
5. The holy martyr Thecla, relying upon the God in whom she believed, opened the door, although she was before apprized of their design, and said to them, Young men, what is your business?
6. They replied, Is there anyone within whose name is Thecla? She answered,
What do you want with her? They said, We intend to lie with her.
7. The blessed Thecla answered: Though I am a humble old woman, I am the
servant of my Lord Jesus Christ; and though you have a vile design against me, you will not be able to accomplish it. They replied: It is impossible for us not to be able to do with you what we intend.
8. And while they were saying this, they laid hold on her by main force and would have raped her. Then she with the greatest mildness said to them: Young men, have patience and see the glory of the Lord.
9. And while they held her, she looked up to heaven and said: O God most reverend, to whom none can be likened; who makes yourself glorious over your enemies; who delivered me from the fire, and did not give me up to Thamyris, or give me up to Alexander; who delivered me from the wild beasts; who did preserve me in the deep waters; who have everywhere been my helper and have glorified your name in me;
10. Now also deliver me from the hands of these wicked and unreasonable men, nor suffer them to debauch my chastity which I have always preserved for your honor; for I love you and long for you, and worship you, O Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, forevermore. Amen.
11. Then came a voice from heaven saying, Fear not, Thecla, my faithful servant, for I am with you. Look and see the place which is opened for you; there your eternal abode shall be, and there you will receive the beatific vision.
12. The blessed Thecla looked and saw the rock opened to as large a degree as that a man might enter in. She did as he was commanded, bravely fled from the vile crew, and went into the rock, which instantly closed so that there was not a crack visible where it had opened.
13. The men stood perfectly astonished at so prodigious a miracle and had no power to detain the servant of God, but only caught hold of her veil, or hood, and tore off a piece of it;
14. And even that was by the permission of God, for the confirmation of their faith who
should come to visit this venerable place, and to convey blessings in
succeeding ages to those who would believe on our Lord Jesus Christ from a pure heart.
15. Thus suffered that first martyr and apostle of God, the virgin Thecla, who came from Iconium at eighteen years of age; afterwards, partly in journeys and travels, and partly in a monastic life in the cave, she lived seventy-two years, so that she was ninety years old
when the Lord translated her.
16. Thus ends her life.
17. The day which is kept sacred to her memory is the twenty-fourth of
September, to the glory of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, now and forevermore. Amen.
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