After much searching, her parents found Saint Thekla and brought her home by force, and tried to persuade her to continue with the marriage. However, because of her great love for her Heavenly Bridegroom Christ, Saint Thekla did not change her mind and therefore her mother organised for her to be sentenced to death by fire. Saint Thekla made the Sign of the Cross over herself and stepped into the flames where she saw Christ appear to her and bless her, and she remained unharmed.