“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Santa Tecla, La Libertad, El Salvador — Central America (West Coast)

Tribute to Santa Tecla

Tribute to Santa Tecla Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, May 17, 2015
1. Tribute to Santa Tecla Marker
Homenaje a Santa Tecla,
Patrona de Nuestra Ciudad
Asociación Tecleños de Corazón
Junta Directiva 2005
Ernesto Rivas Gallont Presidente ∙ Mima Charur Vicepresidenta ∙ Julio Rivas Gallont Secretario ∙ Orlando Moran Castillo Pro Secretario ∙ Bernando F. Sequeira Tesorero ∙ Ismael Gómez Pro Tesorero ∙ Luisa Maria Rivera de Soto Síndico ∙ Miguel Ángel Sol Monterrey Síndico Alterno ∙ Angelita Alvarado Director ∙ Luis Ernesto Avelar Director ∙ Oscar Mauricio Avilez Director ∙ José Domingo Chávez Director ∙ Sonia Trejo de Flores Director ∙ Roberto Fuentes Canales Director ∙ Ricardo R. Gonzalez Director ∙ Tere Parker de Gonzalez Director ∙ Carlos Harrison Parker Director ∙ Fabio Hercules Director ∙ Jaime Roberto Zablah Siri Director ∙ Jorge A. Zamora Director ∙ Sonia Aguilar de Canales Gerente

English translation:
Tribute to Saint Tecla, Patron Saint of Our City
Association "Santa Tecla in Our Hearts"
(Names of the
Wide view of Tribute to Santa Tecla Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, May 17, 2015
2. Wide view of Tribute to Santa Tecla Marker
The sculpture by Leonidas Ostorga (December, 2006) shows an arm passing on another arm, in reference to the legend of Saint Tecla (see comments). The base of the sculpture includes reliefs of the wild animals sent to torment Saint Tecla.
2005 Board of Directors)

Erected 2005.
Location. 13° 40.451′ N, 89° 17.337′ W. Marker is in Santa Tecla, La Libertad. Touch for map. Marker and monument are in Daniel Hernández Park, on the northwest corner.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Kiosk of Daniel Hernandez Plaza (within shouting distance of this marker); Madre Clara Maria de Jesus Quiros (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Dr. Manuel Gallardo (about 90 meters away); Santa Tecla Culture and Arts Center (about 150 meters away); One Hundred Years Since the Founding of Santa Tecla (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Adalberto Guirola Children’s Home (approx. 0.6 kilometers away); El Cafetalón (approx. 0.7 kilometers away); Monument to the Victims of Las Colinas Landslide (approx. one kilometer away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Santa Tecla.
Additional comments.
1. History and Legend of Saint Tecla (see photo #3).
In the year 48 of the Christian era, in the city of Iconio, in what is now Turkey, the Apostle Paul was preaching in the house of a friend. In front of the house lived Tecla, daughter of Teoclia, a young woman of a rich family, promised in marriage to Tamiris. Tecla
History and Legend of the Patron Saint image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, May 17, 2015
3. History and Legend of the Patron Saint
See the comments for a translation of this additional marker on the sculpture.
was spellbound by the preaching of Paul and decided to follow him. The saint accompanied Paul on his first trip and they went together preaching. Later, Tecla went out on her own to evangelize. She was persecuted by the enemies of Christianity, jailed and forced to submit to terrible torments of which she finally escaped unharmed.
This monument interprets one of those torments: being attacked in the arena by wild animals, of which she is protected by a lion at her feet. In a new aggression, soldiers were sent to assault her. Saint Tecla prayed to be free from this new torture and to remain pure. The cave she was in collapsed and only her arm was left free. The followers of the saint cut off the arm and took it to Armenia in order to preserve it. When she was finally exhumed, her body was complete, including with both arms intact.
Centuries later, in September 1319, Ramon de Aviñon and the Council of Tarragona, left Barcelona, Spain with letter from King James III for Onsino of Armenia, where it was explained that King James III was interested in the relics of the saint. The king of Armenia in exchange for 40 Andalusian horses, a throne of gold and two thousand cheeses from Mallorca, gave the remains of the arm and some other bones to the committee, that then returned to Barcelona in December 1320. The relics were deposited and preserved in the monastery of San Cugat del Valles, in that same city and the bones of the amputated arm were taken to Tarragona in May 1321, where they are kept in the cathedral dedicated to Saint Tecla´s memory.
    — Submitted May 25, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.

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Credits. This page was last revised on September 13, 2018. This page originally submitted on May 25, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 264 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 25, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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