Saints Peter & Paul Orthodox Church

109 Grand Street, Jersey City, NJ 07302






30 Saturday Matins, Cross Procession 11:30 pm
Divine Liturgy & Blessing of Paschal Foods


1 Sunday Great Vespers & Procession NOON
2 Monday Divine Liturgy 9:30 am
7 Saturday Great Vespers 5:00 pm
8 Sunday Divine Liturgy 9:30 am

The Meeting of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in the Temple

Meeting of Our Loard

Meeting of Our Lord

Today the Church commemorates an important event in the earthly life of our Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 2:22-40). Forty days after His birth the God-Infant was taken to the Jerusalem Temple, the center of the nation’s religious life. According to the Law of Moses (Lev. 12:2-8), a woman who gave birth to a male child was forbidden to enter the Temple of God for forty days. At the end of this time the mother came to the Temple with the child, to offer a young lamb or pigeon to the Lord as a purification sacrifice. The Most Holy Virgin, the Mother of God, had no need of purification, since she had given birth to the Source of purity and sanctity without defilement. However, she humbly fulfilled the requirements of the Law.

At this time the righteous Elder Simeon (February 3) was living in Jerusalem. It had been revealed to him that he would not die until he should behold the promised Messiah. By inspiration from above, St Simeon went to the Temple at the very moment when the Most Holy Theotokos and St Joseph had brought the Infant Jesus to fulfill the Law.
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Synaxis of the Ecumenical Teachers and Hierarchs


Synaxis of the Three Hierarchs: Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian and John Chrysostom: During the eleventh century, disputes raged in Constantinople about which of the three hierarchs was the greatest. Some preferred St Basil (January 1), others honored St Gregory the Theologian (January 25), while a third group exalted St John Chrysostom (November 13).

Dissension among Christians increased. Some called themselves Basilians, others referred to themselves as Gregorians, and others as Johnites.

By the will of God, the three hierarchs appeared to St John the Bishop of Euchaita (June 14) in the year 1084, and said that they were equal before God. “There are no divisions among us, and no opposition to one another.”

They ordered that the disputes should stop, and that their common commemoration should be celebrated on a single day. Bishop John chose January 30 for their joint Feast, thus ending the controversy and restoring peace.

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Welcome to Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Church in Jersey City, New Jersey, We are Orthodox community serving Northeastern New Jersey in the Diocese of New York and New Jersey of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA). 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.

Father Joseph Lickwar 201.434.1986 and (FAX) 201.434.1210
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May 7, 2016
  • Great Vespers
    Starts: 5:00 pm
    Ends: May 7, 2016 - 6:00 pm

May 8, 2016
  • Divine Liturgy
    Starts: 9:30 am
    Ends: May 8, 2016 - 11:00 am


    Sunday Orthodox Liturgy

  • Church School (Children)
    Starts: 10:45 am
    Ends: May 8, 2016 - 11:15 am

May 11, 2016
  • The Iquires Class
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: May 11, 2016 - 8:00 pm

May 14, 2016
  • Great Vespers
    Starts: 5:00 pm
    Ends: May 14, 2016 - 6:00 pm

May 15, 2016
  • Divine Liturgy
    Starts: 9:30 am
    Ends: May 15, 2016 - 11:00 am


    Sunday Orthodox Liturgy