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 95 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.

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Wednesday, 14 Feb 2018

WATERVLIET NY: Archpastoral Visit, Reader Tonsured
14 Feb 2018 at 12:00am


Thursday, 15 Feb 2018

ARCHPASTORAL LETTER FOR THE BEGINNING OF GREAT LENT
15 Feb 2018 at 12:00am


Sunday, 11 Feb 2018

GREAT LENT BEGINS ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 19th
11 Feb 2018 at 12:00am




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 The remaining Memorial Saturdays of the Lenten season this year are March 3rd, March 10th, and March 17th. Fr. Sophrony will also say the Litany of the Departed at Divine Liturgy on St. Theodore Saturday (February 24th). Please confirm any changes to your lists of the faithful departed as soon as possible.
 Next Sunday there shall be a Parastas in memory of Archpriest Michael Chanda and Ernest Alexander Royer.
 Orthodoxy Sunday Vespers will be celebrated at Ss. Peter & Paul Orthodox Church, 76 Whitehead Ave., South River, N.J. at 4:00pm on Sunday, February 25th.

Upcoming Services
Tuesday, February 20th
6:00pm Great Canon of Repentance
Wednesday, February 21st
6:00pm Great Canon of Repentance
Thursday, February 22nd
6:00pm Great Canon of Repentance
Saturday, February 24th
9:30am Divine Liturgy and Blessing of Koliva
5:00pm Great Vespers
Sunday, February 25th
ORTHODOXY SUNDAY
9:20am 3rd Hour
9:30am Divine Liturgy
4:00pm Vespers at SS Peter and Paul South River

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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.