The Abbots

“What Kind of man the Abbot Ought to Be
The Abbot, who is worthy to be over a monastery, ought always to be mindful of what he is called, and make his works square with his name of Superior. For he is believed to hold the place of Christ in the monastery, when he is called by his name, according to the saying of the Apostle: “You have received the spirit of adoption of sons, whereby we cry Abba (Father)” (Rom 8:15). Therefore, the Abbot should never teach, prescribe, or command (which God forbid) anything contrary to the laws of the Lord; but his commands and teaching should be instilled like a leaven of divine justice into the minds of his disciples…..”

The Abbot, from the Hebrew Abba meaning Father, was the head or ruler of the Abbey. He was regarded by the monks to hold the position of Christ within the monastery