When I was growing up, our family did not have any Lenten tradition. Three years ago, Nanay and I thought of starting one of our own: visita iglesia (Spanish for “church visit”) on Holy Thursday. From wikipedia:
The tradition of visiting seven churches on Holy Thursday is an ancient practice, probably originating in Rome, where early pilgrims visited the seven pilgrim churches as penance. They are Saint John Lateran, Saint Peter, Saint Mary Major, Saint Paul-outside-the-Walls, Saint Lawrence Outside the Walls, Holy Cross-in-Jerusalem, and traditionally Saint Sebastian Outside the Walls. Pope John Paul II replaced St. Sebastian with the Sanctuary of the Madonna of Divine Love for the jubilee year of 2000.
In the Philippines, the faithful carry out this tradition of Visita Iglesia (Spanish: Church visits) and some expand it to include fourteen churches and say the Stations of the Cross, with one station in each church.
This year our itinerary included Sto. Domingo Church in Quezon City; Quiapo, Sta. Cruz, and Binondo Churches in Manila; Parish of the Holy Spirit in Tayuman; Our Lady of Grace Parish in Caloocan City; and the National Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in Valenzuela City.