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, 21 Mar 2017

NEW JERSEY DEANERY: Vespers & Presentation on Supporting Life
21 Mar 2017 at 12:00am

Wednesday, 15 Mar 2017

MAYS LANDING NJ: Ukrainian Easter Egg Class
15 Mar 2017 at 12:00am

Sunday, 12 Mar 2017

12 Mar 2017 at 12:00am

Wednesday, 22 Mar 2017

Holy Synod Spring Session to open March 28
20 hours ago

Tuesday, 21 Mar 2017

IOCC intensifies outreach to Syria’s suffering children, adolescents
21 Mar 2017 at 12:31pm

Monday, 20 Mar 2017

Stewardship in Action:  SVOTS presents $12K tithe to IEIRA
20 Mar 2017 at 12:02pm

All parishioners ought to go to confession during Great Lent. Confessions may be heard after any Friday evening Akathistos or any Saturday evening Vespers. Those who legitimately cannot attend services on Friday or Saturday evenings may call the Rectory to make arrangements for confession at another time.

Today’s Lenten Vespers is at Holy Trinity Church, 830 Jefferson Ave., Rahway, N.J. at 5:00 PM. Next Sunday’s Lenten Vespers is at St. John the Baptist Church, 170 Lexington Ave., Passaic, N.J. at 5:00 PM.

There is a sign-up sheet in the church vestibule for bringing foods to the ‘potluck’ Lenten supper that will follow the joint Presanctified Liturgy at our parish on Wednesday, April 5, 2017.

The Carpatho-Rusyn Society (N.J.) presents “A Trip to the Homeland” by George Napada at the Wayne Public Library, 461 Valley Road, Wayne, N.J. on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 1:30 PM. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome.

Upcoming Services
Friday, March 24th
6:00pm Vigil w. Lity
Saturday, March 25th
9:30am Divine Liturgy
6:00pm Great Vespers
Sunday, March 26th
9:20am 3rd Hour
9:30am Divine Liturgy
Wednesday, March 29th
6:00pm Great Canon of Repentance
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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.