Eucharistic Adoration is a Catholic tradition in which we get to be in the presence of the exposed Blessed Sacrament. The Body of Christ is held in a monstrance and stationed in a designated space, usually the altar or chapel, which allows us to have personal, tranquil, and uninterrupted time with Jesus.
A consecrated host, one that has been transformed at Mass to the actual Body of Christ, is removed from the tabernacle. While the tabernacle does hold the consecrated hosts, is available for prayer, and given reverence, the Eucharist is still covered, concealed, and usually locked inside. For Eucharistic Adoration, the host is placed in a monstrance that contains a glass compartment (called a luna) and exposes the Eucharist before all. The exposition of the Blessed Sacrament proves to be the key and most important factor of Eucharistic Adoration. If the parish chooses to only have particular hours for Eucharistic Adoration, an ordained minister will repose the Blessed Sacrament and place it back in the tabernacle.
The exposition of the Blessed Sacrament serves as an extension of the adoration and praise of the Body and Blood of Christ during the Mass. Eucharistic Adoration allows us to acknowledge the strength and almighty power of our Lord and Savior. During this time of reverence, visitors may pray, recite the rosary, read scripture, offer intentions, or simply sit in the presence of the Lord.
Open to anyone, Eucharistic Adoration also assigns the visiting adorers the responsibility of being a guardian to the Blessed Sacrament. This silent period of time with Jesus gives many people the blessing of internal peace, greater hunger for Communion with God, and deepened assurance in His power and presence.