An interesting question.
It is called Eucharistic “Adoration”…so I suppose there is real ‘adoring’ going on during this time, but I don’t know about the ‘worship’ part.
This is how I’ve come to see it (I could be wrong, and if so, people - please correct me if I am)…
Christ is wholly present in the consecrated host…body, blood, soul & divinity.
By having it placed in the encasement for viewing (I don’t know the word for this piece, but ours is absolutlely gorgeous and awe-inspiring) I am able to physically visit my Lord.
I know if He were to appear before me in human form I would immediately ‘adore’ Him and thank Him for all He has done for us, then start asking a zillion questions.
And that’s how I view my time with Him during Eucharistic Adoration. I know we’ve always been encouraged to sit in a chapel or visit an empty church at any hour we felt in need of His presence, especially when the Eucharist is in the tabernacle with the candles lit beside it, and that has always provided a level of peace and comfort.
But, honestly…visit during Eucharistic Adoration and you will be amazed with the difference of the depth and intensity of that peace and comfort. Something really does happen to you inside when you spend an hour in the Real Presence of the Consecrated Christ.
That’s the only way I can explain it. People usually say ‘seeing is believing’. I think in this case, “Feeling is believing”.
Keep in mind that the time spent during EA is totally devoted to reflection on/with Christ. I don’t know if you get the same experience if you go there thinking about other things like your shopping list or when the hour’s going to be up 'cause there are errands you have to do, or ‘gee, wonder what that person’s thinking about’. You can reflect on matters which are troubling you - such as the health of a loved one, the distance of a teenage child developing between you, a strained relationship with a spouse or friend, your weakness with a particular tendency to sin - if by reflecting on those you are including Jesus, right in front of you, in your thoughts, heart and soul - I think that’s where the beauty of this experience lies.
Of course, I’m new at this EA practice…so, again, I might be off the mark a bit - but that’s my take on it so far.