You have never heard of Thecla? Neither had I. We in the West miss much of the history of the very early churches of Syria, Antioch, Armenia etc. ‘ The Life of St. Thekla, a disciple and companion of the Apostle Paul in 1st century. She is given the title “Equal-to-the-Apostles” because she accompanied St. Paul in founding churches because her witness converted so many others to Christ, and she was the first woman martyr for the Christian Faith. ‘ ‘ You were enlightened by the words of Paul, O Bride of God, Thekla, And your faith was confirmed by Peter, O Chosen One of God. You became the first sufferer and martyr among women, By entering into the flames as into a place of gladness. For when you accepted the Cross of Christ, The demonic powers were frightened away. O all-praised One, intercede before Christ God that our souls may be saved.’ From Ancient Sources and used in Orthodoxy.