Adoration is the first attitude of man acknowledging that he
is a creature before his Creator. It exalts the greatness of the Lord
who made us and the almighty power of the Savior who sets us free from
evil. Adoration is homage of the spirit to the "King of Glory,"
respectful silence in the presence of the "ever greater" God. Adoration
of the thrice-holy and sovereign God of love blends with humility and
gives assurance to our supplications.
—Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 2628
importance of Eucharistic Adoration is shown in the fact that the Church has a
ritual that regulates it: the Rite of
Eucharistic Exposition and Benediction. This is an extension of the adoration
of the Blessed Sacrament which occurs in every Mass: "Behold the Lamb of God, behold him who takes
away the sins of the world. Blessed are those called to the supper of the Lamb."
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament flows from the sacrifice of the Mass and
serves to deepen our hunger for Communion with Christ and the rest of the
Church.The Rite concludes with the
ordained minister blessing the faithful with the Blessed Sacrament.
Holy hours are the Roman
Catholic devotional tradition of spending an hour in Eucharistic Adoration in
the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. The bishops have created a variety of
holy hours that focus our prayer to Jesus Christ on peace, life, vocations, and
other topics that are at the heart of the life of the Church and the world.
List of Holy Hours