The medieval hymn "When righteous Joseph wedded was," contains in the fourth verse a clue as to what may have been the original meaning of the Immaculate Conception: "God's angel in a dream His mind did undertake: Fear not, just Joseph; This thy wife Is still a spotless maid . . .
Here at Gottesdienst we strive to bring back the liturgical practices, the rites and ceremonies, that have always been part of the Western liturgical tradition retained by the Reformers of the sixteenth century. And in so doing, we often here the charge, "That's Catholic" or "That's Romanist," or some other comment meant to poison the well.