Advent: the beginning of the christian liturgical year, a period including the four sundays immediately. Chapter 3 the christian tradition preceding christmas. Atonement: christ"s restoration of humanity to a right relationship with god, variously interpreted as divine victory over demonic power, satisfaction of divine justice, or demonstration of a moral example. Baptism: sprinkling with or immersion in water, the ritual by which a person is initiated into membership in the christian community. Bishop: the supervising priest of an ecclesiastical district called a diocese. Canon: a standard; a scriptural canon is the list of books acknowledges as scripture; the list of acknowledged saints is likewise a canon. Canon law is the accumulated body of church regulations and discipline. Clergy subject to the rule of a particular cathedral or congregation are also sometimes termed canons. Charismatic: characterized by spiritual gifts such as glossolalia. Christ: the greek translation of the hebrew word for messiah, anointed .