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. 

Friday, 20 Oct 2017

JERSEY CITY NJ: Historic Church Celebrates 110th Anniversary
20 Oct 2017 at 12:00am

Saturday, 14 Oct 2017

14 Oct 2017 at 12:00am

Wednesday, 11 Oct 2017

SADDLE BROOK NJ: Tamburitzans Concert a Success
11 Oct 2017 at 12:00am

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• Our parish’s Oktoberfest —a buffet of Slavic and German foods with beer and wine—is today at 11:30 AM.
• FOCA’s annual N.J. District Convention will be on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at Ss. Peter & Paul Orthodox Church, 76 Whitehead Ave., South River, N.J. Registration starts at 2:30 PM; Sessions are 3:00 to 5:00 PM. Dinner tickets are $25 with BYOB. Ads in the commemorative booklet range from $5 to $50. See Marge Kovach for information.
• St. Mary’s Orthodox Catholic Church, 89 W. 29th Street, is having its annual Pasta Dinner and Card Party on Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 12:00 PM. See Olga DeMay or Emily Fencik for information.
• The New Jersey chapter of the Carpatho-Rusyn Society is having its annual Heritage Dinner on Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 12:30 PM, at the Russian Hall, 4-6 Woodland Ave., Little Falls, N.J. See flyer on church bulletin board for information.
• Archbishop Michael shall visit our parish on Sunday, November 12, 2017. The archbishop will be greeted at the front doors of the church at 9:00 AM, after which shall commence the 3rd Hour and Divine Liturgy. A social gathering in the church hall following Divine Liturgy is planned.

Upcoming Services
Sunday, October 22nd
9:20am 3rd Hour
9:30am Divine Liturgy followed by Slavic Oktoberfest
Saturday, October 28th
6:00pm Great Vespers
Sunday, October 29th
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.