During the Mass, which Catholics attend each week, the priest (during the consecration) speaks these words as he holds the communion host,
“…He took bread and gave you thanks. He broke the bread, gave it to his disciples, and said: Take this all of you, and eat it: this is my body which will be given up for you.”
When the priest says “this my body”, it is at that instant when, through the miracle of transubstantiation, the bread and wine which we offer as the bloodless sacrifice to our Lord truly become the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus. It is His true presence in the form of bread and wine. It is Christ.
Watch “The Veil Removed.” A video clip that reveals the coming together of heaven and earth at Mass, as seen by saints and mystics, revealed by scripture and in the catechism of the Catholic Church.
Eucharistic Adoration is when the priest takes a consecrated host, such as the one described above, and places it in a monstrance (monstrance comes from the Latin “monstrance” to show, to expose to view). The monstrance is then placed on the altar of the church or chapel for adoration.
What do you actually do during adoration? You may sign up to be a regular “adorer” which allows you to schedule yourself for one or more hours per week to pray before the very presence of our Lord. You have some time with Jesus to recite your favorite prayers, read the bible, contemplate acts of faith, hope, charity, thanksgiving, reparation, pray a rosary or do whatever type of prayerful devotion that suits you before Our Lord. You can just sit in silence, simply keeping Him company, just as you would a dear friend. In His presence, our hearts are comforted, our souls are uplifted and our minds are quieted. It is truly a gift to visit Jesus in this way.