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. 

Wednesday, 24 Aug 2016

RANDOLPH NJ: Archpastoral Visit, Appreciation, and Blessing
24 Aug 2016 at 12:00am

Saturday, 20 Aug 2016

"BEYOND THE PLATEAU": New Issue now available
20 Aug 2016 at 12:00am

Monday, 15 Aug 2016

NY STATE DEANERY: Church School Conference
15 Aug 2016 at 12:00am

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“R” Club Event: During the month of August, there shall be a special offering basket set out at Liturgy dismissal on Sunday for the benefit of New Jersey Food and Rescue. This is an outreach project of the “R” Club’s N.J. District.

Local Events: Thursday, August 25th is “Diocesan Youth Day 2016,”featuring an excursion to Six Flags Great Adventure for all diocesan youth and their friends for $35 per person, which includes round-trip bus transportation between St. Mary’s Church in Jackson and Six Flags Great Adventure, admission to the theme park, and a meal voucher. Registration deadline is August 15th. See flyer on the church bulletin board for information.

Carpathian Club: The club’s annual picnic is Sunday, September 25th from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Tickets are $17 (advance purchase) and $20 (at the door). See Stephen Wasilewski for information and tickets.

Our 3rd Annual Oktoberfest will be held on Sunday, October 23, 2016. More details will follow during the summer. Archbishop Michael will be making his annual archpastoral visit on that day as well.

Upcoming Services
Saturday, August 27th
6:00pm Great Vespers
Sunday, August 28th
8:50am 3rd Hour
9:00am Divine Liturgy
Monday, August 29th
Beheading of St. John the Baptist
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.