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 95 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. 

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Announcements & Events

The Parish Council is meeting on Sunday, October 21st after Divine Liturgy.
• St. Mary’s Orthodox Catholic Church, 89 W. 29th St., Bayonne, N.J. is having its annual Pasta Dinner & Card Party on Sunday, November 4, 2018 in St. Mary’s church hall. For information, call Fr. John Fencik at (201) 436-5549 or (201) 779-6604.
• The annual Heritage Dinner of the Carpatho-Rusyn Society (N.J. Chapter) is being held on Sunday, November 4, 2018, 12:30-4:30 p.m., at the Russian Hall, 4-6 Woodhull Ave., Little Falls, N.J. This year’s honoree is Prof. Paul Best. The musical duo of Joseph and Maria Jurasi, historical and genealogical exhibits by Kathryn and Tom Peters, Basket Raffle/50-50, and Ethnic Foods are featured at the dinner. Tickets are $35 for CRS members and $38 for non-members. For information, see flyer on church bulletin board or call Jim Huratiak at 267-421-3210.
• A Parastas in memory of Anna Wasilewski (twentieth anniversary of repose) is scheduled for next Sunday after Divine Liturgy.
• The annual Fall Ethnic Festival of Ss. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church in South River is being held on Saturday, Oct. 27th, from 10:00AM-4:00PM. The event will take place in the Church Hall located at 9 Jeffrie Ave., South River, NJ. Free ethnic entertainment will be provided by "Neli and Stacys". The festival will feature ethnics foods (such as stuffed cabbage, pierogies, kielbasa and sauerkraut and desserts etc.). There will also be a tricky tray raffle.

Upcoming Services
Saturday, October 20th
9:30am Memorial Divine Liturgy
5:00pm Great Vespers and General Confession
Sunday, October 21st
9:20am 3rd Hour
9:30am Divine Liturgy followed by Parish Council Meeting

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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.