Welcome to the Diocese of Miami and the Southeast, part of the Self-Ruled Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America. The Diocese of Miami is led by His Grace Bishop Antoun and includes more than 35 churches and missions in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.
January 17th is the celebration of St. Anthony the Great and the name's days of His Grace Bishop Antoun of the Diocese of Miami and of His Grace Bishop Anthony of the Diocese of Toledo. May God grant them many years!
APOLYTIKION OF ST. ANTHONY THE GREAT, TONE 4
Thou didst become like the zealous Elijah in his condition, and followed John the Baptist in his upright ways, becoming a dweller in the wilderness and an establisher of the universe by thy prayer, O Father Anthony. Wherefore, intercede thou with Christ God to save our souls.
By Archpriest John Hamatie, St. George Orthodox Church, Orlando
Anyone who knows me well, knows that I am a man of traditions. All of us have fond memories and traditions of the Nativity of Our Lord, God and Saviour, Jesus—also known as Christmas. I remember that as a child, I would not allow myself to be at home when the Christmas tree was taken down. In fact, I keep two trees up throughout the year-one Orthodox (decorated with small paper icons), and one secular. We also invite those who are alone to join us at Christmas dinner.
One tradition is the annual Christmas party for the homeless held at our Church of St. George in Orlando every December. On Friday, December 19, 2014, we had the joy and privilege to gather with over 400 homeless men, women and children and 111 volunteers to rejoice in the Lord. We hosted a band and set up tables with linens in our parking lot. The whole event was Christ-centered, as are all the feedings of the homeless at St. George's.
On Sunday, October 19, 2014, His Grace Bishop Antoun—with His Grace Bishop Thomas assisting—consecrated the beautiful new temple of St. Ignatius Orthodox Church (Diocese of Miami and the Southeast), in the greater Nashville area. Archpriest Stephen Rogers and St. Ignatius clergy served in the joyful Hierarchical Liturgy. Congratulations to the entire community! (View the photos by Joel Smith)