Saints Zeno and Victor suffered under the Roman Emperor Diocletian as part of a group of Christian men including their companions Zoticus, Acindinus, Caesarius, Severian, Chrysophorus, Theonas, and Antoninus. Emboldened by the recent example of the martyr Saint George, they proclaimed their Christian faith to the Roman authorities and were beheaded at Nicomedia in AD 303. Their feast day is April 20th.
The marble altar was originally commissioned by the parish of Saint Joseph and its then-pastor Rev. Jacob Maurer. The altar was created in wood with a marble mensa, and its carving and decorative scheme was designed to closely match their existing high altar and other furnishings. The relief image on the front is a computer-aided carving of the first sacrifice to God, that of Abel, as depicted in a woodcut by the German artist Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld in 1860. It was meant to compliment the relief on the Saint Joseph high altar, done in a similar style, which depicts the Last Supper.
When the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter (Fraternitas Sacerdotalis Sancti Petri or FSSP) was assigned to Saint Joseph in October of 2015, the altar had yet to be installed. Given that the FSSP exclusively celebrates the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite - the older Latin Mass - this new altar was superfluous to their needs. Rev. Michael Stinson, FSSP and the people of Saint Joseph parish have graciously made the altar a permanent loan to Visitation parish, with the understanding that if the FSSP ever leaves Saint Joseph and use of the altar is required, it will be returned.
With the permission of Most Rev. Peter Sartain, Archbishop of Seattle, it was installed in Visitation Church in June, 2017 and dedicated January 18, 2018.
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