Ss Peter and Paul Orthodox Church
98 West 28th Street, Bayonne, NJ 07002
V. Rev. W. Sophrony Royer, Rector : Rectory Telephone 201-436-3244

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.

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Tuesday, 17 Sep 2019

17 Sep 2019 at 2:44pm

Monday, 2 Sep 2019

2 Sep 2019 at 6:28am

Sunday, 1 Sep 2019

1 Sep 2019 at 10:15am

Today’s Special Offerings

Altar Vigils offered by John and Helen Wanko in memory of Mary Grudinoff (anniversary of birth). Sanctuary Lamp offered by Fr. Sophrony Royer in memory of Wilfred J. Royer (fifth anniversary of repose).

Announcements & Events


  • The Carpatho-Russian American Citizens Club of Bayonne (“Carpathian Club”) is celebrating its centennial anniversary on Saturday, October 19, 2019, from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Tickets are $50 (in advance), which includes premium hors d’oeuvres, buffet dinner, draft beer, wine, soda, and a dessert/pastry table. For reservations contact Stephen Wanko at 201-437-6549.
  • The Sons of Italy Lodge #2560 is presenting a “Salute to the Stars of Opera” at 3:00 PM on Sunday, October 20, 2019, at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 979 Avenue C, Bayonne, N.J. Donation is $20 (advance), or $25 (at the door). Tickets may be purchased by contacting Marie at 201-858-0520, or Elaine at 201-339-2904, or Grace at 201-823-0293.
  • 2019 FOCA New Jersey District convention is Friday, November 1, 2019 at Ss. Peter & Paul Orthodox Church Hall, 9 Jeffrie Ave., South River, N.J. at 6:00 PM. A dinner at Ria Mar Restaurant will follow at 7:30 PM. RSVP to Rebecca Kozak at (973) 634-7517 or by October 27, 2019.

Wedding Banns


Mr. Dylan Thomas Wisniewski, of Bayonne, New Jersey, the son of Thomas Wisniewski and Rosellen Ponik, and Miss Vivianne Saleh, of Bayonne, New Jersey, the daughter of Peter Saleh and Susy Ann Silva, are to be wed in holy matrimony at Ss. Peter & Paul Orthodox Church on Sunday, September 29, 2019 at 12:00 PM. Anyone knowing of a canonical obstacle to this marriage ought to contact the Parish Rectory at 201-436-3244.



Upcoming Services
Saturday, September 21st
5:00pm Great Vespers and General Confession
Sunday, September 22nd
9:20am 3rd Hour
9:30am Divine Liturgy
Saturday, September 28th
5:00pm Great Vespers

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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.