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 97 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 Apr 2019

PEARL RIVER NY: Mystery of Holy Unction
10 hours ago

Monday, 22 Apr 2019

"Glory to Your Passion, O Lord!"
22 Apr 2019 at 1:00am

Sunday, 7 Apr 2019

7 Apr 2019 at 7:47am

Special Offerings 04/21/2019

St. Nicholas’ Cross offered by the DeMay Family in memory of Eva DeMay (anniversary of repose).

Announcements & Events


    • Today is the deadline for donating non-perishable foods towards our parish’s collection for St. Vincent’s Food Pantry. Thank you to all donors!
      • Today’s Palm Sunday Vespers is at St. John the Baptist Russian Orthodox Church, 29 Weaver St., Little Falls, N.J. at 4:00 PM.
      • Parishioners who have not been to individual confession during Lent ought to do so by no later than Holy Saturday. Fr. Sophrony will hear confessions, as needed, after the blessing of Easter food baskets.
      • Easter food baskets will be blessed on Holy Saturday (April 27, 2019) at 4:00 PM in the church hall.
      • A Paschal repast is being held at the Carpathian Club hall after Divine Liturgy on Easter Sunday, April 28, 2019. All parishioners and visitors are welcome!
      • Graves at Bay View Cemetery in Jersey City shall be blessed on Bright Saturday (May 4th), starting at 10:00 AM, followed by Evergreen and Rosedale cemeteries. Call the Rectory at (201) 436-3244 to schedule appointments for grave blessings at other cemeteries.
Upcoming Services
Wednesday, April 24th
7:00pm Sacrament of Holy Unction (at St. Mary’s, 89 W. 29th St., Bayonne, N.J.)
Thursday, April 25th
9:00am Vesperal Divine Liturgy
6:00pm Matins w. 12 Passion Gospels
Friday, April 26th
3:00pm Good Friday Vespers
6:00pm Matins w. Procession of Epitaphios
Saturday, April 27th
9:00am Vesperal Divine Liturgy
4:00pm Blessing of Easter Baskets
11:30pm Paschal Matins w Procession
Sunday, April 28th
9:30am Paschal Divine Liturgy followed by breaking of fast at Carpathian Club
Monday, April 29th
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.