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 ninety-one 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. 

Thursday, 5 Mar 2015

“SUNDAY OF ORTHODOXY”: First Sunday of Great Lent in the NJ Deanery
5 Mar 2015 at 12:00am

Tuesday, 3 Mar 2015

3 Mar 2015 at 12:00am

Saturday, 21 Feb 2015

CLERGY STORIES: Six Interviews with Esteemed Senior Priests
21 Feb 2015 at 12:00am

Thursday, 5 Mar 2015

Ohio site of FOCA’s May 2015 national bowling, basketball tournaments
20 hours ago

New issue of “Wonder” offers reflections on literature from an Orthodox persp...
21 hours ago

Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015

Minutes, reports of Spring 2015 Metropolitan Council meeting posted
4 Mar 2015 at 3:29pm


Lenten Mission Vespers: See the attached schedule for the North and South.

Carpatho-Rusyn Society: The N.J. Chapter of the Carpatho-Rusyn Society is showing the documentary film “Changed by Thalerhof” at the Wayne Public Library, 461 Valley Rd., Wayne, N.J. on Saturday, March 7th at 1:30 PM. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome. For information, see the flyer on the church bulletin board.

Area Event:  St. Anthony’s Antiochian Orthodox Church, 385 Ivy Lane, Bergenfield, N.J. is hosting a dinner and presentation on the Shroud of Turin on Sunday, March 15th at 5:30 PM.  A free will donation of $10 per person (free for minors) is suggested.  See flyer on church bulletin board.



Upcoming Services

Friday, March 6th
6:00pm Akathistos to Divine Passion and General Parastas
Saturday, March 7th
6:00pm Great Vespers
Sunday, March 8th
St. Gregory Palamas
9:20am 3rd Hour
9:30am Divine Liturgy
Wednesday, March 11th
6:30pm Joint Presanctified Liturgy with St. Mary's @ SS Peter and Paul's Church
Friday, March 13th
6:00pm Akathistos to Divine Passion and General Parastas
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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.