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What is Adoration?
Adoration is an ancient tradition of the Church. As Catholics we believe that at the consecration during the Mass, the bread and wine cease to exist and in their place are the body and blood, soul and divinity of Jesus. This is the Eucharist. The Eucharist isn't simply a symbol or a sign of Jesus - Jesus is really present under the appearance of bread and wine. At Mass we can make a communion with Jesus in the Eucharist. Outside of Mass, we can visit Jesus (who is present in the Eucharist). When we pray to Jesus who is before us as the Eucharist, we are adoring him. This is what adoration is.
Adoration is both personal and communal. There are times when we pray together and when we pray by ourselves. We sing, we hear a lesson from a speaker, and we are blessed with the Eucharist (this is called Benediction).
As Catholics, we believe that Christ's body & blood, his soul and divinity are really present in the Holy Echarist.
When we adore the Eucharist, we are adoring CHRIST - not the monstrance. We only worship God, so it would be sinful to adore the monstrance.
Since Jesus is the King of Kings, he should have a fitting "home" - that's more or less what the monstrance is. The monstrance also holds the Eucharist up, so that everyone can see the Lord.
"Whatever makes Christ, Christ, is in the Holy Eucharist, nothing less."
The Eucharist is the greatest gift that Jesus can give us, the gift of Himself. He gives us everything, can we not give Him back a few minutes of our precious time to adore Him in the Eucharist?