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, 31 Aug 2015

BRICK NJ: Celebration of 200 Years of Marriage!
17 hours ago

Sunday, 30 Aug 2015

BUFFALO NY: Church Listed on National Register of Historic Places
30 Aug 2015 at 12:00am

Friday, 28 Aug 2015

28 Aug 2015 at 12:00am

Monday, 31 Aug 2015

Register now for annual Christian Ed Institute November 5-8
7 hours ago

Friday, 28 Aug 2015

Study Guide on Care for Creation reissued; Metropolitan Tikhon addresses fait...
28 Aug 2015 at 2:19pm

Thursday, 27 Aug 2015

OCA-OCMC team returns from mission trip to remote Mexican villages
27 Aug 2015 at 2:54pm


Parish Events:  On August 30, 2015 our parish shall be honoring Fr. Sophrony’s 25th anniversary of holy priesthood. Hierarchical Divine Liturgy, celebrated by the Most Rev. Archbishop Michael of New York, will begin at 9:00 AM. A luncheon will follow at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 669 Avenue C, Bayonne, N.J. at 11:30 AM. Luncheon tickets are $40 per person—contact Marge Kovach at or (732) 815-9765 (the reservations deadline is August 15, 2015). 

Carpathian Club:  The club’s annual picnic is Sunday, September 20th from 11:30 AM to 3:30 PM.  Tickets are $17 (advance purchase) and $20 (at the door).  See Stephen Wasilewski for information and tickets.

FOCA: The NJ District FOCA is sponsoring a Cocktail Party - "See You in September - Happening", on Saturday, September 19th, 6:30 - 10:30 pm, at SS. Peter - Paul Cultural Center, Third St., Passaic. There will be plenty of hors d'oeuvres; beer, wine and soda; music. Attire is casual. Tickets are $25.00/person for adults, Juniors $10.00, children under 10 free. Call Daria 973-460-0243 or Ken 551-427-8069. Please let them know by September 11th. If you have any old pictures you'd like to share, bring them along. It should be a fun evening! CLICK ON THIS FLYER FOR INFORMATION

Upcoming Services

Saturday, September 5th
6:00pm Great Vespers
Sunday, September 6th
9:20am 3rd Hour
9:30am Divine Liturgy
Monday, September 7th
6:00pm Great Vespers w. Litya
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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.