Welcome to Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Church in Bayonne, New Jersey, a parish of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA). This Orthodox Christian community, within the Diocese of New York and New Jersey, serves Northeastern New Jersey.
We invite all who are searching, to experience the Orthodox Church - the original Christian Church founded by Jesus and continued by His Apostles. Over the past 100 years, thousands have called Saints Peter and Paul their home. Maybe this parish is the kind of spiritual home you have been searching for as well.
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Holy Apostles Peter and Paul are traditionally regarded as the leaders of the twelve Apostles of Jesus Christ.
Both St. Peter and
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
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