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. 

Tuesday, 9 Feb 2016

SAINT ANDREW'S CAMP: Preparing for Summer!
9 Feb 2016 at 12:00am

Wednesday, 3 Feb 2016

MEMORY ETERNAL: Archpriest John Udics
3 Feb 2016 at 12:00am

Tuesday, 2 Feb 2016

PRINCETON NJ: Church Opens New Sanctuary
2 Feb 2016 at 12:00am

Wednesday, 10 Feb 2016

Summer camps in New York, Florida seek staff members
2 hours ago

Monday, 8 Feb 2016

IN THE NEWS:  NJ, Montana, Missouri, Washington, Florida
8 Feb 2016 at 9:05am

Friday, 5 Feb 2016

Recognizing our Orthodox Christian Scouts
5 Feb 2016 at 9:31pm

  • Our 3rd Annual Spaghetti & Meatball Dinner fundraiser is scheduled for Sunday, March 6, 2016 at 11:30 AM. Tickets are $20/person—contact Marge Kovach for information and tickets. Please see the flyer link below.

Flyer for more information.

Parish Events: The next parish council meeting is Sunday, February 21st, after Divine Liturgy.

Parish “Souper Bowl” Project: in the month of February we are collecting canned soup and other canned foods for donation to a local soup kitchen. 

Carpathian Club: The Club’s “Super Bowl Sunday” social is today at 3:30 PM. The installation ceremony for the Club’s officers is Sunday, February 28th.

“R” Club: The N.J. District’s Beefsteak Dinner is Saturday, February 20th at Ss. Peter and Paul's Cultural Center, Passaic, N.J. at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $40/person, $25 for “juniors.” For tickets, e-mail or call: Daria at 973-460-0243 or or Ken at 551-427-8069 or

  • A very special concert will be given by the renowned Russian-born pianist Natalya Antanova on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 8 p.m. in Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall.  It marks the 205th anniversary of Chopin’s birth, but most importantly is dedicated to the memory of the Russian citizens who 6 months ago tragically perished in the October 2015 Sharm el-Sheikh air disaster.  Most of the ticket proceeds will be given to the IOCC (International Orthodox Catholic Charities) to support their refugee relief program.
    Ms. Antonova made her debut with the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of 16, and upon graduation from the Leningrad Conservatory was appointed as the youngest professor in the history of that school. In 1993, Ms. Antonova joined the faculty at the Eastman School of Music, where she is currently a distinguished Professor of Piano.

    Tickets for this recital are priced at $30 and will go fast, due to the special intimacy of Carnegie's Weill Hall. There is a special discount code for Orthodox church members and a 50% discount rate for students and seniors.  The DISCOUNT CODE  SVM23232 should be given when purchasing tickets.   In a few weeks, a small poster will be sent to you as a follow-up. Contact information for the Carnegie Hall Box Office is noted below.

    For Tickets:
    1. In person at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, Seventh Avenue and 57th St.
    2. Internet:    go to   click on “Calendar & Tickets”, enter date of the concert
    3. by phone:  212-247-7800    8 a.m. – 8 p.m.   7 days a week


Upcoming Services

Saturday, February 13th
6:00pm Great Vespers and General Confession
Sunday, February 14th
9:20am 3rd Hour
9:30am Divine Liturgy
Wednesday, February 17th
7:30pm Carpathian Club Meeting
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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.