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.

Please check out the rest of our web site. We hope that you enjoy your visit and find useful information about our Parish. 

Friday, 16 Aug 2019

In Memoriam: Deacon Simeon Peet
16 Aug 2019 at 9:32am

Monday, 12 Aug 2019

“OPERATION PEARL RIVER”: An Overwhelming Success!
12 Aug 2019 at 1:14pm

Sunday, 28 Jul 2019

28 Jul 2019 at 11:01am

Today’s Special Offerings


Announcements & Events

See bulletin board for information on the pilgrimage to Alaska with Archbishop Michael in July 2020.

Confessions may be heard following any Vespers during the month of August or call the Rectory for an appointment.

The Carpatho-Russian American Citizens Club of Bayonne (“Carpathian Club”) is celebrating its centennial anniversary on Saturday, October 19, 2019. For further information, contact Reader Stephen Wasilewski.

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.

Reminder: We shall return to having all morning services at 9:30 AM starting on Sunday, September 8, 2019.


Upcoming Services
Wednesday, August 28th
6:00pm Great Vespers w. Lity
Thursday, August 29th
Beheading of St. John the Baptist
9:00am Divine Liturgy
Saturday, August 31st
5:00pm Great Vespers
Sunday, September 1st
The Church New Year
9:20am 3rd Hour
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.