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, 26 Jul 2016

NEW YORK STATE DEANERY: Choir Workshop
26 Jul 2016 at 12:00am


Friday, 22 Jul 2016

CHURCH SCHOOL CONFERENCES: Planned for All Three Deaneries!
22 Jul 2016 at 12:00am


Tuesday, 12 Jul 2016

FATHER JOHN NEHREBECKI: 64th Anniversary of Ordination
12 Jul 2016 at 12:00am





Wednesday, 27 Jul 2016

Bishop Paul, MW clergy guests of Russian Church for Feast of the Tikhvin Icon
21 hours ago

Sr. Vassa to speak in Eastern PA October 17-20
23 hours ago


Tuesday, 26 Jul 2016

SVOTS strengthens Australian ties
26 Jul 2016 at 12:52pm


Parish News: Fr. Sophrony shall be away in Puerto Rico from July 26th to August 4th. A substitute priest shall say Divine Liturgy on Sunday, July 31st. Call Fr. John Fencik at (201) 436-5549 or (201) 779-6604 in the event any emergency arises during Fr. Sophrony’s absence.

Local Events: Thursday, August 25th is “Diocesan Youth Day 2016,” featuring an excursion to Six Flags Great Adventure for all diocesan youth and their friends for $35 per person, which includes round-trip bus transportation between St. Mary’s Church in Jackson and Six Flags Great Adventure, admission to the theme park, and a meal voucher. Registration deadline is August 15th. See flyer on the church bulletin board for information.

SAVE THE DATE: CARPATHIAN CLUB PICNIC - Sunday, 9/25/16: Tickets are $17 in advance, $20 at the door.

Our 3rd Annual Oktoberfest will be held on Sunday, October 23, 2016. More details will follow during the summer. Archbishop Michael will be making his annual archpastoral visit on that day as well.

Upcoming Services
Saturday, July 30th
NO VESPERS
Sunday, July 31st
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.