09 February 2011

Silas (February 10)

After they had given them a severe flogging, they threw them into prison and 
ordered the jailer to keep them securely.  Following these instructions, he put 
them in the innermost cell and fastened their feet in the stocks.

About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the 
prisoners were listening to them.

Suddenly there was an earthquake, so violent that the foundations of the prison were
shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone's chains were unfastened.
Acts 16:23-26

To commemorate St. Silas we will read about his imprisonment with Paul, color some coloring sheets, and pray for Christians today who are imprisoned.  We also will sing "By All Your Saints in Warfare" (LSB 517, Stanzas 1 and 3).  (Any other hymn would be appropriate, since Paul and Silas were singing in prison.) If there's time/sustained interest we will make some paper "prison chains."

Here's a free coloring book about Paul and Silas.  The art is inferior, but you have options.  I found it through this site, which has a lot of other free Bible story coloring pages.

Silas is the semitic form of Sylvanus, which means woods/forest, so maybe older kids could do some sort of tree research project on St. Silas Day (identify all the trees in their backyard; if sap has started running in your region, tap some maples; if you have a woodburner, find out what trees make the best, hottest and longest burning firewood).  Of course, the real reasons for remembering Silas should be religious and Gospel-oriented.  However, I would like to eventually expand our family's feast day celebrations into school and learning topics.


  1. Thanks Katy! I have just printed out that little coloring book and stapled it together for my six year old son. He will love it!

  2. I'm kind of mad about this one. Silas is another name in our house due to the birth of a child on July 13. The Lutherans moved Silas to the Feb. date in LSB for some reason (he's not on Loehe's sanctoral calendar, so I don't know what the story is there). Bah!

  3. I wondered about this Becky. I'd be cheesed too. At least he got a really awesome name out of it though :P

  4. At least your Silas's birthday, baptism day, and saint day aren't in the same week!