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. 

Friday, 18 Nov 2016

Pentecost Pilgrimage to the Holy Land with Archbishop Michael: June 4-17, 2017
18 Nov 2016 at 12:00am

Wednesday, 16 Nov 2016

LANSING NY: A Half-Marathon Run in Support of the Parish
16 Nov 2016 at 12:00am

Friday, 11 Nov 2016

HERKIMER NY: 100th Anniversary of Saints Peter & Paul Church
11 Nov 2016 at 12:00am

Wednesday, 7 Dec 2016

Archives Advisory Committee concludes third meeting
7 Dec 2016 at 10:30am

Tuesday, 6 Dec 2016

December OCAreview available for downloading, parish distribution
6 Dec 2016 at 10:29am

Monday, 5 Dec 2016

Minneapolis Cathedral Choir releases new Christmas CD
5 Dec 2016 at 5:07pm

Christmas is only three weeks away—please use your ―Christmas Flowers envelope, or offer a cash donation, for the flowers decorating the church for Christmas.

The annual St. Nicholas Dinner at St. Mary’s Church, 89 W. 29th St., is today at 12:00 PM. For information, see Olga DeMay.

The ―R Club’s annual St. Andrew-St. Nicholas Vespers at Holy Cross Russian Orthodox Church in Hackettstown, N.J. has been canceled on account of the visitation of the ―Hawaiian Iverson Icon of the Virgin Mary at Ss. Peter & Paul R.O. Cathedral, 201 Third St., Passaic, N.J. at 6:00 PM today.

Confession during the Nativity Fast is an obligation of all parishioners. Confessions may be heard after any Vespers; those unable to attend a Vespers will need to contact Fr. Sophrony to make an appointment

Upcoming Services
Saturday, December 10th
6:00pm Great Vespers
Sunday, December 11th
9:20am 3rd Hour
9:30am 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.