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Recently I gained an appreciation for Latin as the mother tongue of the Church. Yesterday, I said the Angelus in Latin for the first time and noticed how easy Latin prayers are to memorize and pronounce (Ecclesiastical Latin). I used to think Latin was this unreachable language, but fortunately it isn't. I'm slowly trying to convert my prayer life into Latin, prayer by prayer, but I need a specific translation.

After I make the Signum Cucis (In nomine Patris, et Filii, et Spiritus Sancti. Amen.), I've made a habit of saying "By the Sign of the Cross, deliver us from our enemies, O Lord," which supposedly was something St. Benedict used to say after he made the Signum Crucis too.

Can anyone please translate "By the Sign of the Cross, deliver us from our enemies, O Lord" in Latin? Thank you!
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I'm definitely not a Latin expert but I think it would be:

"Per Signum Crucis, erue me de inimicis meis, Domine."

Grammar isn't my strong point, so I could very well be wrong.
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It uses Deus rather than Domine, but Google brings up a lot of:

Per signum Crucis de inimicis nostris libera nos, Deus noster


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PER signum Crucis de inimicis nostris libera nos, Deus noster. I got this from the Roman Breviary. It recalls Phil. 3:18, "For many, as I have often told you and now tell you even in tears, conduct themselves as enemies of the cross of Christ. "
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Thank you to everyone who helped! Latin is pretty fun; learning languages is quite entertaining as well. Maybe I should start learning textbook Latin too instead of just my prayers...
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