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Father George Rigas

Father George Rigas Father George Rigas

Descended from Skiathos and scholar of modern folklore tradition, George A. Rigas was a tireless and devoted student of spiritual life and culture of the island, connected along with the preservation of long-centuries Byzantine religious music and hymnography.

George Rigas was born on the island in 1884 and died in Athens in 1960. Along with Papadiamantis and Moraitidis honored his birthplace from a different perspective but with the same fervor and mood: "As the two Alexanders, immortalized their island by the novelist", writes in his introductory note the editor of publication Fotis Dimitrakopoulos, 'similar and Father-George memorizes the folklore collections and studies, and impression of  melodious psalms. Therefore, quite often, encouraged the two authors in refrain writing and other hymn chants, which have been collected in the study "The hymn graphical work of Alexander Papadiamantis and Alexander Moraitidis with unpublished literary and musical texts" (B. Skouvaras, Athens 1960, File Euboea Studies).

Steward and pontifical commissioner until his deeply old age, he studied in Varvakeio School having as a teacher Alexander Moraitidis. With knowledge of Byzantine and European music interested directly for the Sequences of the Saints while the chanting tradition of strict Athos Oros κολλυβαδων remained active on the island. Teaching in the school while officiating (since 1920, received nomination in Rizarios School), occupied with folklore methodical and conscientiously. An extensive series of articles published in various magazines, which collected in one volume with titled "Typical Issues "(Athens, 1954) and later, in publish "Melodically of Skiathos". One of the most known works remains the "Functional Vlatadon 1, George Rigas Steward, "Typical ", Thessaloniki 1994 Patriarchal Institute Patristic Studies. Furthermore after extensive and thorough scientific study for popular culture of Skiathos, the Company of Macedonia Studies published the four-volume work "Skiathos pop culture", which remains a key guide in folklore and linguistic research. As the present version of Retinues the twenty eight years dedication of George Riga in the collection, recording and promotion the rich devotional material from Skiathos is valuable: biographies, chants, rifle and other hymns of the Greek Orthodox religious traditions found place in the list of detailed search and clipping of scattered, rare or lost texts from all sorts of manuscripts, documents, regular publications. His work was extended in literary diligence, while tried to purify the hymn writes with corrections of various errors and restore its original form. The book contains 43 full Retinues with completions of even thirty-one. He has also added chants, in 67 holidays along with ten hymns of his own inspiration.

As he explained in the preface of the first edition: "Enriched the book with numerous notes. This work required multifarious and varied attention and diligence in elegant writing, in critical correction in the right typical formulation. Apart from foreign hymn contains mine ecclesiastical poetry, all of which occupy about fifty pages. Although Rigas was not aware the work of Louis Petit, «Bibliography of Greek Retinues"(Brussels, 1926), and therefore the size of his own scientific contributions. The fate of "Retinues Saints" was disproportionate to their value. The handwritten pages (with artistic tittles of red writings and first) from calligraphic pen of Papa- George had dispersed and forgotten for many years. Recently the philologist F. Dimitrakopoulos took the initiative to seek their heirs to be re-issuing an exact photographic resurrection publishes of high quality: the present edition consists of six volumes (currently is commercially available the first volume) separating in this way the annual calendar every two months.

The recirculation of his work "Retinues Saints" (versions «Ergo», 2003) bring him back to the publishing news while it is a matter of his life's work, useful and usable in the operating standard of the Church, masterpiece language skill and calligraphic typesetting.

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