Text of Kiddush Prayer

Technically speaking, Kiddush is not really a prayer, but rather a blessing we recite, or more accurately, verses from Bereishis (Genesis) followed by two blessings. (The Shabbat morning Kiddush is much shorter, just a few verses followed by the Borei Pri Hagafen blessing.)

The Friday night Kiddush starts with an excerpt from Bereishis 2:13, which describes how God created the world in six days and rested on the seventh day. God made the Shabbos holy and separate from the other days of the week.

Although Hebrew is preferred, strictly speaking Kiddush can be recited in any language.

וַיְהִי עֶרֶב וַיְהִי בֹקֶר יוֹם הַשִּׁשִּׁי
וַיְכֻלּוּ הַשָּׁמַיִם וְהָאָרֶץ וְכָל צְבָאָם
וַיְכַל אֱלֹהִים בַּיוֹם הַשְּׁבִיעי מְלַאכְתּוֹ אֲשֶׁר עָשָׂה
וַיִשְׁבֹּת בַּיּוֹם הַשְּׁבִיעי מִכָּל מְלַאכְתּוֹ אֲשֶׁר עָשָׂה
וַיְבָרֶךְ אֱלֹהִים אֶת יוֹם הַשְּׁבִיעי וַיְקַדֵּשׁ אֹתוֹ
כִּי בוֹ שָׁבַת מִכָּל מְלַאכְתּוֹ אֲשֶׁר בָּרָא אֱלֹהִים לַעֲשׂוֹת

(Quietly:) Va-yi-hee Erev Va-yi-hee Voker
(Aloud:) Yom Ha-shee-shee
Va-yi-chu-lu Ha-sha-ma-yim Vi-ha-ah-retz Vi-chawl Tsi-vah-um.
Va-yi-chal Eh-lo-him Ba-yom Ha-shi-vee-ee Mi-lach-to Ah-sher Ah-sah
Va-yish-bos Ba-yom Ha-shi-vee-ee Mee-kawl Mi-lach-to Ah-sher Ah-sah.
Va-yi-va-rech Eh-lo-him Es Yom Ha-shi-vee-ee, Va-yi-ka-deish O-so
Kee Vo Shah-vas Mee-kawl Mi-lach-to Ah-sher Ba-ra Eh-lo-him La-a-sos.

It was evening and it was morning. The sixth day. The heavens and the earth and all their hosts were completed. God finished by the Seventh Day His work which He had done, and He rested on the Seventh Day from all His work which He had done. God blessed the Seventh Day and made it holy, because on it He ceased from all His creative work, which God had created to fulfill its purpose.

The one who is leading Kiddush then makes the following blessing over wine, and all others respond, “Amen.”

סַבְרִי מָרָנָן וְרַבָּנָן וְרַבּוֹתַי
בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה ה' אֱלֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם
בּוֹרֵא פְּרִי הַגָּפֶן

Sav-ree Muh-ruh-nun Vi-ra-buh-nun Vi-ra-bo-sai!
Ba-ruch Ah-tah Ah-do-noy Eh-lo-hei-nu Me-lech Ha-o-lam
Bo-rei Pi-ree Ha-ga-fen.

Attention, gentlemen, rabbis, and my teachers!
Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the universe, who creates the fruit of the vine.
 (Amen)

Kiddush concludes with the following blessing that thanks God for giving us the Shabbos and for choosing us as His special nation. At the end of the blessing, all respond, “Amen.”

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה ה' אֱלֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם
אֲשֶׁר קִדְּשָׁנוּ בְּמִצְוֹתָיו וְרַָצָה בָנוּ
וְשַׁבָּת קָדְשׁוֹ בְּאַהֲבָה וּבְרָצוֹן הִנְחִילָנוּ
זִכָּרוֹן לְמַעֲשֵׂה בְרֵאשִׁית
כִּי הוּא יוֹם תְּחִלָּה לְמִקְרָאֵי קֹדֶשׁ
זֵכֶר לִיצִיאַת מִצְרָיִם
כִּי בָנוּ בָחַרְתָּ וְאוֹתָנוּ קְדַּשְׁתָּ מִכָּל הָעַמִּים
וְשַׁבָּת קָדְשְׁךָ בְּאַהֲבָה וּבְרָצוֹן הִנְחַלְתָּנוּ
בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה ה' מְקַדֵּשׁ הַשַׁבָּת

Ba-ruch Ah-tah Ah-do-noy Eh-lo-hei-nu Me-lech Ha-o-lam
Ah-sher Kee-di-sha-nu Bi-mits-vo-sav Vi-ra-tsa Va-nu
Vi-shha-bas Kawd-sho Bi-ah-ha-va U-vi-ra-tson Hin-chee-la-nu
Zee-ka-rohn Li-ma-ah-say Vi-ray-shees.
Kee Hoo Yom Ti-chee-la Li-mik-rah-ay Ko-desh
Zay-cher Lee-tsee-ahs Mits-rah-yim.
Kee Va-nu Va-char-tah Vi-o-sah-nu Kee-dash-tah Mee-kawl Ha-ah-mim
Vi-shah-bas Kawd-shi-cha Bi-ah-ha-vah U-vi-rah-tson Hin-chal-ta-nu.
Ba-ruch Ah-tah Ah-do-noy Mekah-deish Ha-shah-bas.

Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the universe, who made us holy with His commandments, has desired us, and has given us, in love and goodwill, His holy Shabbos as a heritage, as a reminder of the Creation. It is the first day of the holy festivals, commemorating the Exodus from Egypt. For You have chosen us and sanctified us from among all the nations, and with love and goodwill given us Your holy Shabbos as a heritage. Blessed are You Lord, who makes the Shabbos holy. (Amen)

You can also hear Kiddush recited here.

When the blessings are complete, the one who led the blessings should drink at least 2 oz. of the wine or grape juice. The rest of the kiddush wine or grape juice is then distributed to the other participants, young and old, to taste.

Everyone then goes to wash their hands with a Netilat Yadayim washing cup, and recite the Netilat Yadayim blessing. Remember not to speak from Netilat Yadayim until after eating the challah.