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. 

Sunday, 12 Apr 2015

PASCHA: The Resurrection of our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ
12 Apr 2015 at 12:00am

Saturday, 11 Apr 2015

Great and Holy Saturday
11 Apr 2015 at 12:00am

Friday, 10 Apr 2015

Great and Holy Friday
10 Apr 2015 at 12:00am

Saturday, 18 Apr 2015

Detroit site of OCA Mission School April 20-24
18 Apr 2015 at 5:18pm

St. Tikhon’s Monastery announces Memorial Day Pilgrimage schedule
18 Apr 2015 at 11:13am

Friday, 17 Apr 2015

Register now for FOCA 89th convention in Atlanta
17 Apr 2015 at 11:11am


Parish Events: Graves at Graceland Cemetery in Kenilworth shall be blessed on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at 10:00 AM.

The Parish Council is meeting on Wednesday, April 22nd at 7:00 PM.

Our annual “Spaghetti & Meatball” dinner is scheduled for Sunday, May 31, 2015 at 11:30 AM. Tickets are $20 per person—see Stephen Wasilewski or Marge Kovach.

Other Events: The Carpathian Club is meeting on Wednesday, April 22nd at 8:00 PM.

The Sixth Annual Wine Tasting to benefit the I.O.C.C. is being held on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at St. Anthony’s Orthodox Church, 385 Ivy Lane, Bergenfield, N.J. For information and reservations, see flyer posted on the bulletin board.

Archbishop Michael’s fifth anniversary of episcopate will be observed on Saturday, May 9, 2015 – see flyer posted on the bulletin board.

In Memoriam

William Sagosz, age 95, of Tinton Falls, N.J., passed into blessed repose on April 13, 2015. Memory Eternal!

Upcoming Services

Sunday, April 19th
9:20am 3rd Hour
9:30am Divine Liturgy
Saturday, April 25th
6:00pm Great Vespers
Sunday, April 26th
9:20am 3rd Hour
9:30am 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.