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, 19 May 2017

WATERVLIET NY: Saint Basil’s Church Acquires Holy Relics
19 May 2017 at 12:00am

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

MEDFORD NJ: “What’s It Like?” Covenant House Sleep Out
16 May 2017 at 12:00am

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

OUTREACH: Present-Day ways to Reach-Out
9 May 2017 at 12:00am

Thursday, 25 May 2017

STM Press releases first title for children
2 hours ago

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

113th Pilgrimage to St. Tikhon’s Monastery opens Friday, May 26
24 May 2017 at 12:46pm

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Metropolitan Tikhon presides at SVOTS Commencement
23 May 2017 at 12:27pm

A Spaghetti & Meatball Dinner is scheduled for Sunday, June 4, 2017 at 11:30 AM. The menu consists of salad, Italian bread, spaghetti and meatballs, wine, coffee or tea, and dessert. Tickets are $20 per person; for information and tickets, contact Marge Kovach at (732) 815-9765.

Fr. Sophrony is returning from Puerto Rico on the morning of May 24th. Emergencies until then should be directed to Fr. John Fencik at (201) 436-5549 or (201) 779-6604 while Fr. Sophrony is away.

The 113th Annual Memorial Day Pilgrimage at St. Tikhon‘s Monastery in South Canaan, PA is May 26-29, 2017. See or flyer on the church bulletin board for schedule and information.

The Carpatho-Rusyn Society (New Jersey) is sponsoring a lecture by Dr. Nick Kupersky of the Carpatho-Rusyn Research Center on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 1:30. The event is free and is being held at the Wayne Public Library. For information, send e-mail to or call Dorothy Bognar at 201-891-4151. See flyer on the church bulletin board.

A Carpatho-Rusyn genealogy conference is being sponsored by St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church, 1900 Brooks Blvd., Hillsborough, NJ on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 8:30 AM. The cost is $40 per person, which includes some light breakfast items, beverages, and a light lunch. Registration is limited to the first 72 people. Go to for the entry form. Contact Tom Peters at for information.

 Please see the church bulletin board for flyers of other upcoming local events.

Upcoming Services
Thursday, May 25th
9:00am Divine Liturgy
Saturday, May 27th
6:00pm Great Vespers
Sunday, May 28th
8:50am 3rd Hour
9:00am 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.