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. 

Monday, 6 May 2019

ARCHBISHOP MICHAEL: 9th Anniversary of Consecration
6 May 2019 at 7:15am

Friday, 17 May 2019

SAINT ANDREW'S CAMP: Bike Ride and Summer Camping Programs
17 May 2019 at 8:53am

Wednesday, 24 Apr 2019

PEARL RIVER NY: Mystery of Holy Unction
24 Apr 2019 at 8:00am

Today’s Special Offerings

Christ is Risen!


Announcements & Events

    • Fr. Sophrony shall be returning from Puerto Rico on the morning of Saturday, May 25th. Emergencies should be directed to Fr. John Fencik at (201) 436-5549 or (201) 779-6604 until Fr. Sophrony is returns. Thank you to Fr. John Kluchko for having been our substitute priest today!
      • The annual Memorial Day Pilgrimage at St. Tikhon’s Monastery in South Canaan, Pennsylvania is May 25-27, 2019. For the schedule of events and other information, see and the flyers posted on the church bulletin board.
      • A Pasta & Meatball Dinner is scheduled for Sunday, June 2, 2019 at 11:30 AM. The menu consists of salad, Italian bread, pasta, meatballs, wine, coffee or tea, and dessert. Tickets are $25 per person; for information and tickets, contact Marge Kovach at (732) 815-9765. New: this year there will be a tricky tray! See flyer on church bulletin board.
      • This year’s parish council conference for the N.J. Deanery is scheduled for Saturday, June 1, 2019 at Ss. Peter & Paul Orthodox Church in South River, N.J., 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM (lunch is included). Attendance is open to anyone – you do not have to be a parish council member, though parish council members in particular ought to attend. This year’s theme is “Discipleship through Stewardship.”
      • This year’s summer schedule of morning services starting at 9:00 AM will begin on Ascension Thursday, June 6, 2019 and will last until Labor Day weekend.
Upcoming Services
Saturday, May 25th
5:00pm Great Vespers
Sunday, May 26th
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.