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Holy Pascha 2016

Christ is Risen!   Indeed He is Risen!

Christos Voskrese!   Voistinu Voskrese!

Christos Anesti!   Aleithos Anesti!

The Resurrection of our Lord brings great joy to the hearts of all His believers. May you find that same joy with the risen Lord that we beheld here on this Holy and Great Pascha!


There is a story I recently heard about a true community of believers in Christ. Our God is not a God of the dead, but of the living. (Mark 12:27). These words ring true each and every day, but there are moments when this reality is revealed to us. One of those days is Pascha as we see Christ trampling down death by death. We see His victory over sin and the dead in the graves arising! Even those who have passed on, our loved ones are alive in Christ. Here is a revelation of Christ’s power over death, and that the community of believers that we are a part of is not separated by an earthly death. All continue to exist and live in Christ as we today should strive with all our hearts to be made alive in Christ Jesus (Romans 6:11).

“Those who die in Christ: On the day of Pascha in 1935 the abbot of Saint Paul’s Monastery on Mount Athos, Archimandrite Seraphim, and all sixty fathers of the cenobium came out into the courtyard to celebrate the Liturgy of the Resurrection. In a joyful mood and full of enthusiasm after the “Christ is risen!” was proclaimed, the abbot said to one of the simple fathers, “Elder Thomas, go where the relics of the fathers are kept and tell them that Christ is Risen!” “Let it be blessed, Geronda,” he replied, and without a second thought quickly went to the crypt where the bones were kept. “Fathers, I was sent by the abbot to say to you ‘Christ is risen!” he cried out in a loud voice. Then something awesome happened. The bones creaked and jumped. One skull rose up a meter high and answered Father Thomas’ proclamation: “Indeed He is risen!” There was dead silence after that. The elder rushed back to tell all that he had seen and heard. For the fathers of the monastery that was truly a unique Pascha, and praising the Lord and Master of life, they chanted with joy: “Angels are praising your Resurrection in heaven, O Lord! Make us who live on earth to praise you with cleansed heart!” The ever memorable elder Theodosios, the monastery’s late librarian, would often tell the story of this event.” ~From the Athonite Gerontikon

Christ grants life to all, even our earthly death does not separate us from the Church which is His Kingdom. We who are alive now exist within Christ’s Church which is the gathering of all the true believers. We hear in the Matins of Pascha Christ’s power over death! “The souls bound in the chains of Hell, O Christ, seeing Your compassion without measure, pressed onward to the Light, with joy in their feet, exalting the eternal Pascha.” For Christ’s power has freed us from death and granted us eternal life. And this power of the Resurrection overcomes all of us today and grants us joy to leap up and exclaim “Christ is Risen!”


Christ is Risen!


Fr William George

Welcome to Our Parish!

The parish family of SS Peter & Paul Church cordially invites you to come and visit with them. We are a Pan-Orthodox community serving the region of Northern and Northwestern New Jersey. Our church is a parish in the New Jersey Deanery of the American Carpatho-Russian Diocese of the USA (ACROD) . We warmly welcome all who are searching for a church that is in unchanging continuity with the Church of the Apostles and where they may find the purity of the Apostolic Faith.

We are a church for those of all ages, ethnicities and races, for both families and singles who are searching for the anchor of a Christian community in our rootless society.

Above all, we are a Eucharistic community worshipping in the Holy Trinity in spirit and truth as we seek to know God, to conform ourselves to Christ's example of true humanity, and to be transformed to become partakers of the Divine Nature. Come and worship with us and with the Saints of all ages!

General Service Schedule

Sts Peter & Paul Orthodox Church is on the Old Calendar or Julian Calendar. This means that every non-moveable feast day is 13 days later than the Gregorian or New Calendar feast days. As the parish continues to grow, we hope to offer a fuller range of services allowing parishioners, and anyone else to attend the services offered throughout the week. Below are the weekly services offered. If you are interested in attending a service please double check with the latest bulletin to make sure the service is still scheduled or needed to be scheduled for a different time. Service times are subject to change please look at the latest bulletin. If you know a major feast day is occuring please check and see when it is scheduled by viewing the latest bulletin.

Sunday: Matins/Outrenya/Orthros - 8:15 am

              Divine Liturgy - 9:30 am

              Social Hour - 11:15 am

Tuesday: Matins/Outrenya/Orthros - 9 am

Saturday: Great Vespers - 5 pm


Holy Day Divine Liturgy begins at - 9 am (Check bulletin to make sure it is scheduled)

The Lives of Saints Peter and Paul

The Holy Apostle Peter
The son of Jonah and brother of Andrew the First-Called, of the tribe of Simeon and the town of Bethsaida, he was a fisherman and was at first called Simon, but the Lord was pleased to call him Cephas, or Peter (JN 1:42). He was the first of the disciples to give clear expression to his faith in the Lord Jesus, saying, "Though art the Christ, the Son of the Living God." (MT 16:16) His love for the Lord was very strong and his faith in Him went from strength to strength. When the Lord was put on trial, Peter denied Him three times, but he needed only one look into the face of the Lord and Peter's soul was filled with shame and repentance. After the descent of the Holy Spirit, Peter became a fearless and powerful preacher of the Gospel. After his first sermon in Jerusalem, about 3,000 souls were converted to the Faith. He preached the Gospel throughout Palestine and Asia Minor, in Italy and in Illyria. Peter was condemned to death on the order of the wicked Emporer Nero. After installing Linus as Bishop of Rome and exhorting and encouraging the flock of Christ there, Peter went to his death with joy. When he saw the cross before him, he asked the executioner to crucify him upside-down, because he felt himself to be unworthy to die in the same way as his Lord. And so, this great servant of the greatest Master went to his rest and received a crown of eternal glory!
The Holy Apostle Paul
Born in Tarsus and of the tribe of Benjamin, he was formerly called Saul and studied under the teacher Gamaliel. He was a Pharisee and fierce persecutor of Christians. Saul was wondrously converted to the Christian Faith by the Lord Himself, who appeared to him on the road to Damascus. He was baptized by the Apostle Ananias, named Paul and enrolled in the great work of the Apostles. He preached the Gospel everywhere with burning zeal, from the borders of Arabia to the land of Spain, among both the Jews and Gentiles (heathens) and receiving the title 'Apostle to the Gentiles'. His fearful sufferings were matched only by his superhuman endurance. Through all the years of preaching, he hung from day to day like a thread between life and death. Filling his days and nights with toil and suffering for Christ, organizing the Church in many places and reaching a high level of perfection, he was able to say, "It is not I who lives, but Christ who lives in me." (Galatians 2:20) Paul was brutally beheaded in Rome in the reign of Nero, at the same time as St. Peter.
Through all the world their voice resounds; their message reaches to the ends of the earth.
Prokimenon for the Feast of SS Peter and Paul
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