In the season of Advent, we look to how Christ comes to his church. Couples are invited to celebrate the beauty of Advent at home, in a way that will also enrich your marriages in Christ.
The devotion book Song of Songs: An Advent Devotional for Couples is based on the longest poem in the Bible, a song between a loving husband and wife, as well as a song between God and his people. This booklet gives daily reading and discussion suggestions for couples to use together, as you eagerly look to the coming of Jesus, your heavenly Bridegroom.
The congregations of Faith Lutheran, Oregon, WI and Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Albert Lea, MN have made these booklets available to their congregations as part of a “DIY Advent program,” where families are encouraged to celebrate Advent not only at church, but at home. Candles and simple wreathes complete the “DIY” part, so each family can light the proper candle at home during the weeks of Advent.
Supplemental Media for Each Week of Advent
As part of many of the devotions, listening suggestions are included. Most of these are hymns or Advent/Christmas carols which are based on the Song of Songs. You might be surprised at just how many songs have been inspired by Solomon’s poetry – it is called the “Song of Songs” for a reason!
The listening suggestions are embedded below for easy access.
Advent 1 – Song of Songs 1:1-16
Thursday: “Lo! He Comes with Clouds Descending”
Advent 2 – Song of Songs 2:1-4:7
Tuesday: “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming”
Wednesday: “Jesus Christ the Apple Tree”
Thursday: “Rise Up My Love, My Fair One”
Friday: “Wachet Auf”
Saturday: Prayers from the Office of Compline (See the final prayer on pg. 139 in CW).
Advent 3 – Song of Songs 4:8-6:10
Tuesday: “Jesus, Your Church With Longing Eyes”
Wednesday: “Christ Hath a Garden Walled Around”
Thursday: “Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates”
Saturday: “The Magnificat”
Advent 4 & Christmas – Song of Songs 6:11-8:14
Friday: “The Advent of Our King”
Christmas: “E’en so, Lord Jesus, Quickly Come.”