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. 

Friday, 2 Mar 2018

2 Mar 2018 at 12:00am

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

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  • Today’s Lenten Vespers is at Assumption of the Holy Virgin Church, 35 Orange Ave., Clifton, N.J. at 4:00 p.m. Next Sunday’s Lenten Vespers is at Holy Trinity Church, 830 Jefferson Ave., Rahway, N.J. at 4:00 p.m.


  • 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.


  • On April 1, 2018 our parish is hosting the Palm Sunday Vespers that has been traditionally sponsored by the New Jersey District of F.O.C.A. The service is scheduled to begin at 5:00 PM and a Lenten meal shall follow in our church hall. To everyone who is able to do so, please show your support and attend the service.


  • In Memoriam: Mary Macinsky, age 84, of Bayonne, N.J., passed into blessed repose on March 4, 2018. Memory Eternal!

 Deanery Lenten Vespers

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


Ss. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church in South River proudly invites you to their annual Easter Bazaar and Tricky Tray, to be held on Saturday, March 24th, from 10:00AM  - 3:00PM. The event will take place in the Church Hall located at 9 Jeffrie Ave., South River, NJ.The bazaar will feature ethnic Lenten foods (Pierogies, Stuffed Cabbage, Potato pancakes, Babkas, Baked Goods, etc.), ethnic items for sale and a Tricky Tray. For more information, contact Deb or Pete at (732) 735-6540.


Upcoming Services
Wednesday, March 21st
6:0pm Great Canon of Repentance
Friday, March 23rd
6:00pm Akathistos of Virgin Mary
Saturday, March 24th
9:30am Divine Liturgy
5:00pm Vigil w. Lity
Sunday, March 25th
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.