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. 

Wednesday, 19 Feb 2020

Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers - Wayne, NJ
19 Feb 2020 at 10:02am

Monday, 17 Feb 2020

DDB Appreciation Dinner in Dix Hills, NY
17 Feb 2020 at 3:32pm

Archpastoral Visitation to Holy Spirit Church, Wantage, NJ (photogallery)
17 Feb 2020 at 3:01pm

Today’s Special Offerings

Sanctuary Lamp offered by Fr. Sophrony Royer in memory of Ernest Alexander Royer. St. John’s Cross and St. Nicholas’ Cross offered by Robert Pierce for the recovery and return to health of Dominick Maak.

Announcements & Events


  • The Memorial Saturdays of the Lenten season this year are February 22, March 14, March 21, and March 28. Fr. Sophrony will also say the Litany of the Departed at Divine Liturgy on St. Theodore Saturday (March 7). If you need to update the names on your memorial list(s), contact Fr. Sophrony as soon as possible.
    • Please see flyer on bulletin board in church vestibule about Archbishop Michael’s tenth anniversary celebration on Saturday, May 9, 2020.
    • Parishioners planning to attend the DDB appreciation dinner at Holy Resurrection Church hall in Wayne on next Sunday, please tell Fr. Sophrony or Robert Pierce before leaving church today.
    • Next Sunday there shall be a parastas in memory of Julia Wasilewski after Divine Liturgy
Upcoming Services
Saturday, February 22nd
9:30am General Panichida
5:00pm Great Vespers
Sunday, February 23rd
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.