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

Welcome to Our Parish

Welcome to the Internet Home of 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 of 1922 by our Slavic ancestors from different parts of Eastern Europe. The Divine Services are in English with use of Church Slavonic as needed. 

Over the past 92 years, hundreds of people have called Ss. Peter and Paul their home. Maybe this parish is the kind of a spiritual home you have been searching for as well – so please come and see, we would love to have you become a part of our family.

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

Monday, 12 Oct 2015

MANVILLE NJ: Parish 100th Anniversary
12 Oct 2015 at 12:00am

Thursday, 8 Oct 2015

MEMORY ETERNAL: Reverend Deacon Mark Hoeplinger
8 Oct 2015 at 12:00am

PARAMUS NJ: Celebration of Parish 55th Anniversary
8 Oct 2015 at 12:00am

Tuesday, 13 Oct 2015

“Acquiring the Mind of Christ” by Archimandrite Sergius to be released by STM...
1 hour ago

Monday, 12 Oct 2015

Join the OCA/OCMC 2016 Mexico Teaching Team
12 Oct 2015 at 9:27am

Saturday, 10 Oct 2015

Minutes, reports of Fall 2015 Metropolitan Council meeting posted
10 Oct 2015 at 8:25am


Announcements & Events


Parish Events: Our parish’s Slavic Oktoberfest is Sunday, October 25, 2015 at 11:30 AM. Tickets are $30 per person (advance purchase only). For tickets and information, contact Stephen Wasilewski at (201) 960- 4352 or, or Marge Kovach at (732) 815-9765 or Checks should be payable to “Ss. Peter and Paul R.O.G.C. Church.”

Parish Council meeting on Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at 7:00 PM.


“R” Club: Our parish’s “R” Club’s annual flea market continues on Saturday, October 17th. The doors will open at 10:00 AM. The efforts of all volunteers and donors in this project will be greatly appreciated.


Area Event: St. Mary’s Orthodox Catholic Church, 89 W. 29th Street, Bayonne, N.J., is having its annual “Card Party” and Pasta Dinner on Sunday, November 1, 2015. See Olga DeMay for more information.



Upcoming Services

Wednesday, October 14th
7:00pm Parish Council Meeting
Saturday, October 17th
6:00pm Great Vespers and General Confession
Sunday, October 18th
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.