The National Cathedral, for more than four decades, has served as a towering symbol of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente’s mission.
It has always been enjoined with the aspiration of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente in becoming a true Church of the Filipino people. It has witnessed the struggles that the Iglesia Filipina Independiente has undertaken along the way of renewal and recapturing of its historical heritage Pro Deo et Patria.
The National Cathedral was inaugurated on 08 May 1969, on the occasion of the 109th birth anniversary of Obispo Maximo Gregorio Aglipay. The Solemn Eucharistic celebration and dedication ceremonies were presided by Obispo Maximo Isabelo de los Reyes Jr. It was an occasion that brought pride to every faithful of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente for having a national altar where they can offer their thanksgiving to God.
In pursuit of the Pro Deo et Patria mission of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente, it has always been a steadfast companion of the Filipino people in the pilgrimage towards the Kingdom of God. In its pulpit echoes the prophetic voice of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente for justice and peace. In its altar is offered the struggle of the poor, deprived, and oppressed. It opens its doors to shelter the people from persecution as they assert their God-given rights to abundant life. In many times, present and past, the National Cathedral has offered itself as a sanctuary to the marginalized sectors in asserting their democratic rights amidst exploitation and oppression.
Today as ever, the National Cathedral continues to be a symbol of the Pro Deo et Patria mission of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente.