Ss Peter and Paul Orthodox Church
98 West 28th Street, Bayonne, NJ 07002
V. Rev. W. Sophrony Royer, Rector : Rectory Telephone 201-436-3244 Email:

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 97 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. 

Friday, 29 May 2020

Archbishop Michael's Homily On The Feast of Ascension - May 29, 2020
29 May 2020 at 4:39pm

Thursday, 28 May 2020

"Nothing To Worry About"
28 May 2020 at 2:17pm

Monday, 25 May 2020

Archbishop Michael's Homily on Sunday of a Man Born Blind, May 24, 2020
25 May 2020 at 1:23am

This Sunday's Special Offerings

Altar Vigils offered by John and Helen Wanko in memory of Lydia Wanko (anniversary of repose). Sanctuary Lamp offered by Fr. W. Sophrony Royer in memory of Concetta Gloria Royer (anniversary of repose). Triple Candelabra offered by Fr. W. Sophrony Royer in memory of Irene Felice (tenth anniversary of repose).


Announcements & Events



Ss. Peter & Paul Church to Reopen for Private Visitation

Starting on Saturday, May 30, 2020, the church will be open on Saturdays for individuals to visit for private prayer and confession. No more than ten people will be allowed in the church at any one timeto light candles, say a prayer, drop off offering envelopes, go to confession or speak with Fr. Sophrony. Open hours shall be between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. every Saturday until further notice, and you must call the Rectory at 201-436-3244 in advance so that someone can open the doors for you. While inside, you must adhere to social distancing guidelines and wear a mask. Hand sanitizer will be available in the church vestibule for your use on arrival. Bow only to venerate icons and other sacred objects – until further notice, kissing of icons and other sacred objects is not permitted.

If you are not feeling well, you are asked not to arrange a visit to the church. The doors of the church will not be left unlocked for the duration of this time slot and we will only open the church if you call ahead of time. Although we are a small parish, this will help us to ensure that not too many people are inside the church at once.

Also, parishioners may make an appointment to receive holy communion on Sunday mornings at the front porch of the church, however: (1) you must inform Fr. Sophrony in advance that you would like to receive holy communion; (2) you must be in the church parking lot by 10:00 a.m. (Reader Stephen will come to your car to escort you to the church’s front porch); (3) you must have kept the fasting rules for communion (unless granted a dispensation by Fr. Sophrony due to a health condition such as diabetes), and (4) unless you’ve already made your Lenten confession this year, you must go to confession first. Confession may be done via the telephone when you call to make your appointment to visit the church.

Lastly, for anyone who doesn’t feel comfortable about visiting the church at this time, you can always call the Rectory to have a votive candle lit, or offer prayer intentions, or reserve one of the weekly Special Offerings (Altar Vigils, Sanctuary Lamp, Triple Candelabra, St. John’s and St. Nicholas’ Crosses).

Note: this plan for the limited reopening of Ss. Peter & Paul’s may be subject to revision as conditions warrant.

Blessing of Graves

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, this year’s blessing of graves at Bay View, Evergreen, and Rosedale cemeteries is cancelled. Call the Rectory to inquire about Graceland Cemetery.
Giving During This Crisis

Please continue to give as you normally would during this crisis. Even though you are not attending church there are still bills that need to be paid. This is a time when we need for everyone who is able to give to the church, and to even consider increasing their contributions to make up for those temporarily unable to give. You may mail your contributions weekly, or monthly if you prefer, to the parish’s mailing address of: 98 West 28th Street, Bayonne, New Jersey 07002. Thank you in advance for your continued support of Ss. Peter and Paul’s Orthodox Church. May Our Lord Jesus Christ bless you all!


Upcoming Services
Sunday, May 31st
8:50am 3rd Hour
9:00am Divine Liturgy
10am-12pm Private Visitation
Saturday, June 6th
10am-12pm Private Visitation
5:00pm Great Vespers w. Lity
Sunday, June 7th
8:50am 3rd Hour
9:00am Divine Liturgy w. Kneeling Prayers

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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.