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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. 

Saturday, 12 Apr 2014

MANVILLE NJ: Outreach to Community
12 Apr 2014 at 12:00am

Friday, 11 Apr 2014

PEARL RIVER NY: Holy Mystery of Unction
11 Apr 2014 at 12:00am

Sunday, 6 Apr 2014

LENTEN TRIAD: Prayer, Fasting & Charity
6 Apr 2014 at 12:00am

Monday, 14 Apr 2014

Metropolitan Tikhon: The Barren Fig Tree
14 Apr 2014 at 10:27am

Saturday, 12 Apr 2014

Metropolitan Anthony Bloom: The Lord’s Entry into Jerusalem
12 Apr 2014 at 1:04pm

Spring activities from the Department of Christian Education
12 Apr 2014 at 12:57pm

  • Funeral Arrangements for Alexander Cap
    • Monday April 14 - Viewing at Koch Funeral Home from 4pm - 8pm, with Parastas at 7pm. 
    • Tuesday April 15 - Funeral at Ss Peter and Paul Church 98 West 28th Bayonne at 9:30am, followed by the burial service at Graceland Memorial Park, 1900 Galloping Hill Road, Kenilworth NJ. 
  • It is the obligation of all Orthodox, age seven and older, to go to confession during Lent.  Confessions may be heard during Holy Saturday’s “Vesperal” Liturgy (April 19, 2014) or by appointment.


  • Our parish has received a contribution of $5,000 from the Richmond County Savings Foundation, which focuses on
    supporting charitable organizations whose programs and services advance educational opportunity, enrich cultural
    development, and strengthen health and human services. Profound thanks to the Richmond County Savings
    Foundation, and its Board of Directors, as well as to our parish financial secretary, Russ Wyskanycz, who oversaw
    our application for this grant.
Upcoming Services
Wednesday, April 16th
7:00pm Sacrament of Holy Unction - St. Mary's Church
Thursday, April 17th
9:30am Vesperal Divine Liturgy
6:00pm - Matins (Reading of 12 Passion Gospels)
Friday, April 18th
3:00pm - Vespers
6:00pm - Matins
Saturday, April 19th
9:30am Vesperal Divine Liturgy 
4:00pm Blessing of Easter Baskets
11:30 Midnight Office
Sunday, April 20th
12:00am - Matins 
9:20am Paschal Hours
9:30am Divine Liturgy followed by a Paschal Repast at the Carpathian Club
Monday, April 21st
9:30am Divine Liturgy
Tuesday, April 22nd
9:30am Divine Liturgy 
Wednesday, April 23rd
7:00pm Deanery Paschal Vespers
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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.

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