The Complete Guide to The Rosary


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This vibrant collection on the Holy Rosary has been designed for the outreach work of the charity.
Encompassing a new and inspiring variant on the Scriptural Rosary, historical background and a wealth of original illustrations, this book is truly an adventure in the Holy Rosary.

Designed to comfort, to console and to give hope, it is a companion to prayer in parishes, in the family or in solitude.

All proceeds help fund the work of Crown of Thorns.

Lisa de Quay & Dudley Plunkett. Artwork by Philip Hagreen & John Paul de Quay.

Published 2013 by Crown of Thorns. Hardback, 160 Pages.


‘I have bought many books on the Holy Rosary, but this is by far the best.’ Mrs. Prior. (London.)

‘Beautiful, really impressive! Excellent Stuff! It’s a work of art, it’s brilliant.’ Bernard. (Liverpool.)

‘Never let this book go out of print!’ Pensioner. (Canvy Island.)

‘I was absolutely amazed and delighted to receive your beautiful book last week. Thank you with all my heart. It will be a very special and inspiring possession.’ Josephine. (Cromer.)

“Greatly inspirational. I only wish that this book had been around before.”
Canon Peter Humfrey. Diocese of Arundel and Brighton.

‘To just say ‘thank you’ seems such a little way of showing how happy I am with this wonderful book. I am using it every day when praying my rosary. Before I just used the mysteries on each decade, but now I feel as if Our Lady is taking me by the hand and leading me to Our Lord with each bead. I am a pensioner aged seventy five, and at times, because I live alone, I sometimes get very low, but in this wonderful book, I found on page one hundred and twenty five a prayer just for me, and feel now as if a great weight has been lifted. How I wish everyone had a copy of this book as in this day and age when things look so black, this book brings comfort and hope.’ June. (Stoke-on-Trent.)

‘What a wonderful book, so tasteful, the artwork beautiful.’ A sister of the Poor Clare’s.

‘The whole book has a clear vision, namely, the call for peace in our lives and in our world. It is hoped that this superb book will help many people striving for inner peace with God and neighbour to become an agent in promoting lasting peace in ourselves and in our world.’ Canon Seamus Hester (A&B News book review)

‘The Complete Guide to The Rosary is one of those books to be kept in the house for when it’s just the thing you need, for that stage in a religious crisis when you want to come back, but don’t know what to do. Or when, after years without it, you feel a curiosity, or a need for ‘something spiritual’. With the book, you can join in the action of something beautiful until it gives you the feeling that something good is happening, that you are being healed by the ‘spiritual medicine.’ The book itself is quite beautiful. The Complete Guide to the rosary, ‘is an invitation to dialogue, reconciliation and peace.’ It is part of a grand effort to encourage global and private prayer, to strengthen world-wide petition as well as personal wishes. It is a companion to both the steadfast and the recovering believer.’ M. Harrington, student. (Review for CTS Bookshop, Cardiff.)

‘I am delighted! It is a beautiful book, beautifully made, written and illustrated. I understood the deep unity between the text and illustrations, and the beauty of the whole. It all comes as a gift to a family from Our Lady, a gift which this one family is sharing with the world.’ Mother M Lioba OSB. (Tyburn)

“The Rosary has become the simple way to grow in intimacy with the life, passion, death and resurrection of the Christ, we don’t do this alone, we do it with our blessed Mother, who points continuously to her Son, who constantly prays for us and with all the saints who’ve also shared in the same mysteries.
This book leads us through a scriptural journey, to the very interior life of the greatest mysteries of our faith. To help us further in this journey, we can meditate on the beautiful wood engravings and pen and ink illustrations.
These illustrations and prayers, blended with Scripture, offer us a chance to stop, to draw deeply into a labour of love, hewn out of a family’s experience in a world full of distractions. When our own words fail us in prayer, this work of love offers us a reprieve, with gentle guidance a rhythm starts to appear, of prayer and meditation directed by the experiences of what worked for an active family, bound together by their love for the God who gives himself freely to all who seek Him, helped by the Mother who carried all these things in her heart.”
Rev. Fr. Charles Gosnell, Chaplain of The Forces. Review from “The Universe” 03/05/2013

“Everyone today could use some divine companionship on the journey of life. Just as the Emmaus experience brought Jesus into the company of the two questioning and confused disciples, so the ‘Crown of Thorns Rosary’ brings the Lord and the life of his blessed Mother into the company of the user. It is a particularly inspiring variation of the Scriptural Rosary. Its colourful Biblical episodes and creative illustrations make it an easy but effective companion on the journey towards peace in the user’s heart. Surely, peace in the hearts of men and women is the guarantee for peace in society and in the world at large. Seeking this end, the ‘Crown of Thorns Rosary’ enables the necessary prayerful link among parish and family members; parent, child and elderly people.
It is my privilege to recommend this book. It will energize all who would use it as a credible instrument of spiritual reformation.”
Most Reverend Emmanuel Adetoyese Badejo. Bishop of Oyo, Nigeria.