What is Eucharistic Adoration?
Catholics believe that “The whole Christ is really, truly, and substantially present in the Holy Eucharist. We use the words “really, truly, and substantially” to describe Christ’s presence in the Holy Eucharist in order to distinguish Our Lord’s teaching from that of mere men who falsely teach that the Holy Eucharist is only a sign or figure of Christ, or that He is present only by His power. “ (The Baltimore Catechism, Lesson 26)
“Christ instituted the Holy Eucharist at the Last Supper while the Apostles were present, the night before He died. Christ could not have used clearer, more explicit words than “This is My body.” He did not say, “This is a sign of My body,” or “This represents My body,” but, “This is My body.” Catholics take Christ at His word because He is the omnipotent God. On His word they know that the Holy Eucharist is the body and blood of Christ.“ (The Baltimore Catechism, Lesson 26)
Eucharistic adoration is the act of worshiping God as He is present in the consecrated Eucharist. Spending time before the Blessed Sacrament, in prayer and devotion, is exactly the same as spending time before the living God. The devotion begins with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. A priest or deacon removes the sacred host from the tabernacle and places it on the altar for adoration. When a consecrated host is placed in the monstrance, it is said to be a solemn exposition. Adoration ceremonies traditionally include Scripture readings, hymns, prayers and time for silent adoration. It really is a time for one on one time with Jesus.
Pope Benedict XVI in Questions and Answers wrote on Eucharistic Devotion; “Adoration means entering the depth of our hearts in communion with the Lord, who makes Himself bodily present in the Eucharist. In the monstrance, he always entrusts Himself to us and asks us to be united with His Presence, with His risen Body.”
Other great quotes:
“The time you spend with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is the best time you will spend on earth. Each moment that you spend with Jesus will deepen your union with Him and make your soul everlastingly more glorious and beautiful in Heaven, and will help bring about everlasting peace on earth,”
- Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta
“Of all devotions, that of adoring Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is greatest after the sacraments, the one dearest to God and the most helpful to us.”
– St. Alphonsus Liguori