On July 9th Fr. Octavian Massingo, OSB, was installed as the new abbot of Hanga Abbey. He was elected in January 23, 2016. He was not installed sooner so that he could finish his Master's Degree studies which he completed this last June.
In the photo: Abbot Octavian at the superiors chair ni the abbey church.
The installation ceremony took place during vespers in the presence of the monks of Hanga Abbey. The ritual was carried by Abbot Anastasius of Peramiho abbey in the name of the abbot president of St. Ottilen Congregation, Archabbot Jeremias. It involved the installing abbot to lead the new abbot to the official superior chair in the abbey church and being given a document of his installation. Then all the monks present had the opportunity to shank hands with the new abbot. Finally, the new abbot gave his first abbatial blessing to the monks.
Later on on July 30 the new abbot will receive a blessing by the archbishop of the archdiocese of Songea in which ceremony many people and invited guests will attend.
In the photo: Abbot Anastasius installing the new abbot at the abbatial chair in the abbey church.
Monks shaking hands with the new abbot
Abbot Octavian is blessing the congregation at the conclusion of his installation ceremony