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Angelus custos me semper protege

What exactly does it mean? Like guardian angel watch over me?

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Hello,

actually the correct phrase sounds as:”Angele custos, me semper protege“, not “Angelus custos ...”, as the correct vocative case of the Latin noun “angelus” is just “Angele”.

So “ Angele custos, me semper protege “ means exactly:”Guardian angel,watch always over me”.

Please note that:

-ANGELE (vocative case of the masculine noun ANGELUS, 2nd.declension)= [Oh] angel, as a Vocative case indicating direct address.  

-CUSTOS (vocative case, 3rd.declension)= guardian

-ME (direct object, accusative depending on PROTEGE)= over me

-SEMPER (adverb)= always

-PROTEGE (2nd.person singular, imperative of PROTEGO, I watch over)

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Maria

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