The bris is an exciting time for the baby's whole family. It is also an opportunity to involve baby's loved ones in the ceremony.
The festivities begin with a communal welcome of the new baby, we declare "baruch haba", which literally means "blessed is he who comes".
We recite this special greeting twice in a Jewish persons life; as a boy enters the room of his bris and as the bride and groom enter the wedding canopy.
The baby is escorted
After entering the room, the baby is passed between loved ones--grandparents, friends, aunts and uncles. Their names are announced one by one as they hold and embrace your son.
The baby is brought to Elijah's chair
This special honor is given to someone who will place the baby, breifly, on a specially designate chair for Elijah the Prophet, who is said to join all families at their bris.
The Mohel invites Ejilah to stand by his side and protect the baby.
The baby is removed from Elijah's chair
This special honor is given to someone who will take the baby from Elijah's chair and deliver him to the lap of the sandek, where the actual circumcision will occur.
The baby is held in place for the circumcision
In the old country, this special honor was said to be a good an omen for wealth. It was often given to whomever paid for the festive meal to follow. In our time, regardless of who is paying, it is often given to a grandfather. He will hold the baby in place for the circumcision.
The Blessings and Circumcision
Two blessing are recited
It is the responsibility of the closest Jewish male relative to perform the circumcision. In the absence of expertise, this person will appoint the mohel with the job of "the cut". The Mohel will make the first blessing, "Blessed are You are God, Ruler of the Universe.. Who commanded us to perform the bris."
After "the cut" the relative will recite the blessing "Blessed are You are God, Ruler of the Universe.. Who commanded us to to bring this child into the covenant of Abraham our patriarch."
Sanctifying the Wine
A blessing is recited over a cup of wine
As in all Jewish times of joy, we mark the occasion by sanctifying "the fruit of the vine". A drop of that wine, or grape juice is given to the baby.
The Baby Naming
For the first time, the baby's Hebrew name is revealed to the public.
The Mohel recites the liturgical text which touches on themes of lifecycles and celebration. He then publicly declares the name of the child "he shall be called X amongst the Jewish people."
Prayer for Healing
The misheberakh prayer is recited
This special version of the Jewish prayer for healing invokes God to give the child special attention after having undergone the bris. Together we ask for a speedy recovery for baby.