Ss Peter and Paul Orthodox Church
98 West 28th Street, Bayonne, NJ 07002
V. Rev. W. Sophrony Royer, Rector

Welcome to our family - Ss. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church located in Bayonne, NJ. Our church is a parish of the Orthodox Church in America, Diocese of New York and New Jersey. It was founded in December 1922 by our Slavic ancestors from different parts of Eastern Europe. The Divine Services are in English. 

Over the past 93 years, thousands of people have called Ss. Peter and Paul their home. Maybe this parish is the kind of spiritual home you have been searching for as well – please come and see, we would love to have you pray with us.

Please check out the rest of our web site. We hope that you enjoy your visit and find useful information about our Parish. 

Monday, 27 Jun 2016

ROCHESTER NY: Recognition and Appreciation for DDBs
27 Jun 2016 at 12:00am

Saturday, 18 Jun 2016

Bringing the Orthodox Christian Faith to the African-American Community
18 Jun 2016 at 12:00am

Friday, 24 Jun 2016

HOLY PENTECOST: The Descent of the Holy Spirit
24 Jun 2016 at 12:00am

Sunday, 26 Jun 2016

Holy and Great Council concludes on the Sunday of All Saints
26 Jun 2016 at 6:46pm

Saturday, 25 Jun 2016

SVOTS hosts Doctor of Ministry students
25 Jun 2016 at 2:47pm

Friday, 24 Jun 2016

Send us your summer camp, VCS photos!
24 Jun 2016 at 10:32am

Our condolences to Margaret Cimbolic and the Cimbolic Family on the recent repose of Stephen Cimbolic. Memory Eternal! Vicnaja Pamjat!

Parish Events:  There shall be a luncheon after Divine Liturgy on Sunday, June 26, 2016 sponsored by our parish’s lodge (#100) of the Russian Brotherhood Organization. You are requested to sign the list in the church vestibule if you plan to attend. 

R.B.O. (Lodge #100): The lodge’s annual meeting will take place after the luncheon on Sunday, June 26, 2016.







Upcoming Services
Tuesday, June 28th
6:00pm Great Vespers w. Lity
Wednesday, June 29th
Ss. Peter & Paul
9:00am Divine Liturgy
Saturday, July 2nd
6:00pm Great Vespers
Sunday, July 3rd
8:50am 3rd Hour
9:00am Divine Liturgy
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Lives of Ss. Peter and Paul

Holy Apostles Peter and Paul are traditionally regarded as the leaders of the twelve Apostles of Jesus Christ.

Both St. Peter and St. Paul received their new names, indicating a new relationship with God. Simon the fisherman became known as Cephas (John 1:42), or Peter after confessing Jesus as the Son of God (Mt.16:18).

St Peter, the brother of St Andrew, was a fisherman on the sea of Galilee. He was married, and Christ healed his mother-in-law of a fever (Mt.8:14). He, with James and John, witnessed the most important miracles of the Savior's earthly life.

Despite his earlier recognition of Christ as the Son of God, he denied Him three times on the night before the Crucifixion. Therefore, after His Resurrection, the Lord asked Peter three times if he loved Him. Then He told Peter to feed His sheep (John 21:15-17).

After the descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, St. Peter addressed the crowd (Acts 2:14), and performed many miracles in Christ's name. He baptized Cornelius, the first Gentile convert (Acts 10:48). He was cast into prison, but escaped with the help of an angel (Acts 5:19). St. Peter also traveled to many places in order to proclaim the Gospel message. He wrote two Epistles, which are part of the New Testament.

St. Peter was put to death in Rome during the reign of Nero. According to Tradition, he asked to be crucified upside down, since he did not feel worthy to die in the same manner as his Lord.

St. Paul was of the tribe of Benjamin, and lived in Tarsus in Cilicia. He once described himself as a Hebrew, an Israelite of the seed of Abraham (2 Cor. 11:22). He was also a Pharisee and a tent-maker (Acts 18:3) who had studied the Law with Gamaliel at Jerusalem.

At first, he was called Saul, and had persecuted the Church. He was present at the stoning of St. Stephen (Acts 7: 58). Then, on the road to Damascus, he was converted when Christ appeared to him. Blinded by the vision, he was healed when Ananias laid his hands on him. After his cure, he was baptized (Acts 9:18).

St. Paul is the greatest of the missionaries. He preached the Gospel in Greece, Asia Minor, and in Rome, and wrote fourteen Epistles. Tradition says that he was martyred in Rome about the year 68.