The Church teaches that the highest reverence is to be offered only to God, our Creator, Redeemer, Sanctifier, who alone should be "worshiped and glorified" (Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed) . One such reverence is adoration: a reverential attitude of prayer by which one directs one's whole being, body, mind, and soul toward God. The adoration of the Blessed Sacrament stems from the understanding that Jesus the Christ is worthy of Divine homage and that Jesus Christ is really present in the Blessed Sacrament.
Pope John Paul II said, "Prayer of adoration in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament unites the faithful with the Paschal Mystery: it enables them to share in Christ's sacrifice of which the Eucharist is a permanent Sacrament."
The 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.