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 95 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, 20 Feb 2018

MEMORY ETERNAL: Matushka Barbara Kucynda
20 Feb 2018 at 12:00am


Wednesday, 14 Feb 2018

WATERVLIET NY: Archpastoral Visit, Reader Tonsured
14 Feb 2018 at 12:00am


Thursday, 15 Feb 2018

ARCHPASTORAL LETTER FOR THE BEGINNING OF GREAT LENT
15 Feb 2018 at 12:00am




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  • Orthodoxy Sunday Vespers will be celebrated today at Ss. Peter & Paul Orthodox Church, 76 Whitehead Ave., South River, N.J. at 4:00 p.m. Next Sunday’s Lenten Vespers is at Holy Spirit Orthodox Church, 102 Route 284, Wantage, N.J. at 4:00 p.m.
  •  The next meeting of the Parish Council is Sunday, March 11, 2018 after Divine Liturgy.

Deanery Lenten Vespers
March 4th – Holy Spirit Church, 102 Route 284,
Wantage, N.J. @ 4:00 PM
March 11th – Holy Trinity Church, 120 Dover- Chester Rd., Randolph, N.J. @ 4:00 PM
March 18th – Holy Assumption Church, 35 Orange
Ave., Clifton, N.J. @ 4:00 PM
March 25th – Holy Trinity Church, 830 Jefferson
Ave., Rahway, N.J. @ 4:00 PM

Upcoming Services
Saturday, February 24th
9:30am Divine Liturgy and Blessing of Koliva
5:00pm Great Vespers
Sunday, February 25th
ORTHODOXY SUNDAY
9:20am 3rd Hour
9:30am Divine Liturgy
4:00pm Vespers at SS Peter and Paul South River
Wednesday, February 28th
9:30am Liturgy of the Pre-Sanctified Gifts
Friday, March 2nd
6:00pm Akathistos of Divine Passion
Saturday, March 3rd
9:30am General Panachida
5:00pm Great Vespers

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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.