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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. 

Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014

23 Apr 2014 at 12:00am

Tuesday, 22 Apr 2014

22 Apr 2014 at 12:00am

Saturday, 12 Apr 2014

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

Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014

Bishop Mark to be installed in Philadelphia May 10
23 Apr 2014 at 1:00pm

Tuesday, 22 Apr 2014

SVOTS receives approval for D. Min. Distance Learning Program; Applications b...
22 Apr 2014 at 12:36pm

Saturday, 19 Apr 2014

Video of Metropolitan Tikhon’s Paschal Message now available
19 Apr 2014 at 3:27pm

  • V. Rev. Father Sophrony and the Parish Council would like to wish everyone a joyous Pascha. CHRIST IS RISEN! INDEED HE IS RISEN!

  • Graves at Bay View Cemetery in Jersey City, N.J. shall be blessed on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 10:00 AM. Graves at other cemeteries will be blessed by appointment on Sunday, April 27, 2014 – please call the Rectory to make an appointment.


  • Our parish is having a Spaghetti & Meatball Dinner fundraiser on Sunday, May 4, 2014 after Divine Liturgy. Tickets are $15 per person. For information and tickets, contact Marge Kovach at (732) 815-9765.
Upcoming Services
Thursday, April 24th
7:30pm Carpathian Club Meeting
Saturday, April 26th
Blessing of Graves
6:00pm Great Vespers
Sunday, April 27th
St. Thomas Sunday
9:20am 3rd Hour
9:30am Divine Liturgy
Monday, April 28th
7:00pm Parish Council Meeting
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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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