In the Eucharist, Jesus is a prisoner for our consolation.

He is the divine prisoner of the Tabernacle in order to be able to be with us whenever we wish it, to be available to give us the consolation of His presence whenever we need it, desire it, and seek it, whenever we thirst for the face of God, when all other consolations have run dry in this place of exile, this valley of tears.  …

Christ in the Blessed Sacrament does not impose Himself on anyone, but He is always there when we wish to pour out our hearts to Him.  (Eucharist, Feingold, 14)

Adoration recognizes Christ’s continuing presence, originating in the Mass

The worship of the Eucharist outside of the Mass is of inestimable value for the life of the Church. This worship is strictly linked to the celebration of the Eucharistic Sacrifice. The presence of Christ under the sacred species reserved after Mass~a presence which lasts as long as the species of bread and of wine remain~derives from the celebration of the sacrifice and is directed towards communion, both sacramental and spiritual.

The Eucharist is a priceless treasure: by not only celebrating it but also by praying before it outside of Mass, we are enabled to make contact with the very wellspring of grace. … “In the course of the day the faithful should not omit visiting the Blessed Sacrament, which in accordance with liturgical law must be reserved in churches with great reverence in a prominent place. Such visits are a sign of gratitude, an expression of love and an acknowledgment of the Lord’s presence”: Paul VI, Encyclical Letter Mysterium Fidei…. (Ecclesia de Eucharistia, Pope John Paul II, 25)

Eucharistic devotion is needed and must be unceasing

Adoration of Christ is this sacrament of love must also find expression in various forms of eucharistic devotion: personal prayer before the Blessed Sacrament, Hours of Adoration, periods of exposition~short, prolonged and annual (forty Hours)~eucharistic benediction, eucharistic processions, eucharistic congresses. (Dominicae Cenae, Pope John Paul II, #3)

The Church and the world have a great need of eucharistic worship. Jesus waits for us in this sacrament of love. Let us be generous with our time in going to meet Him in adoration and in contemplation that is full of faith and ready to make reparation for the great faults and crimes of the world. May our adoration never cease. (#4)

Adoration intensifies what begins at Mass.

Adoration outside of Mass prolongs and, as it were, intensifies the adoration that begins already in the celebration of the Eucharist. (My Body Given for You, Hoping, 438)

Adoration points and prefigures our adoration in eternity.

Eucharistic adoration, too, points beyond earthly life to eternal life, in which God will be worshipped “neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem” but, rather, for all eternity “in spirit and truth” (Jn 4:22-23).  Adoration here is not only the incursion of eternity into time, but a lasting presence.  An essential part of eternal life is “staying in grateful adoration of the absolute mystery of God”. (My Body Given for You, Hoping, 438)

Adoration is the personal aspect of Communion

Only within the breathing space of adoration can the Eucharistic celebration indeed be alive; only if the church and thus the whole congregation is constantly imbued with the waiting presence of the Lord, and with our silent readiness to respond, can the invitation to come together bring us into the hospitality of Jesus Christ and of the Church….

Communicating with Christ, therefore, demands that we gaze on him, allow him to gaze onus, listen to him, get to know him.  Adoration is simply the personal aspect of Communion. (Collected Works, Ratzinger, 398)

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