Angel of God

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Guardian angel, by Pietro da Cortona, 1656

"Angel of God" is a Roman Catholic traditional prayer for the intercession of the guardian angel, often taught to young children as the first prayer learned. It serves as a reminder of God's love, and by enjoining the guardian angel to support the child in a loving way, the prayer echoes God's abiding love.


Angel of God

Ángele Dei,

qui custos es mei,
me tibi commissum pietáte supérna,
hodie illúmina, custódi, rege et gubérna.


English translation[edit]

Angel of God, My guardian Dear,

To whom God's love commits me here,

Ever this "day" (or "night" if you say it at bedtime),

Be at my Side,

To light and guard,

To rule and guide,



  • Fox, Robert J. (2004). Prayer Book for Young Catholics. p. 102. ISBN 1-59276-098-8.