The Alcuin Club plays a significant part in the liturgical life of the Church. Founded in 1897, it has a long and respected tradition of promoting sound liturgical scholarship by publishing a series of collections and other works, and although this remains its core activity, the Club seeks to promote the study of worship and liturgy through occasional lectures, its sponsorship of PRAXIS, and in-person and online discussions.
The Club played an important part in the debate in the Church of England in the early part of the last century about the proposed revision to the Book of Common Prayer. More recently, its aims have been broadened to include the study of the liturgy of other denominations, but with special reference to the liturgical life of the Anglican Communion and its ecumenical partners. Members of the Club’s Committee continue to be involved with the work of the Liturgical Commission of the Church of England and with international societies for liturgical study.
Membership is open to any individual, institution or library paying the Club’s annual subscription. There are currently some 462 members: over half live in the UK, with the majority of the rest in North America; there are members from all parts of the world.
Payment of the annual subscription entitles members to receive free copies of the Club’s Collections, Liturgy Guides and Joint Liturgical Studies published during that calendar year. The Club is currently publishing one Collection and two Liturgical Studies each year and the occasional Liturgy Guide.
Discounts for Members
Alcuin Club publications and the Joint Liturgical Studies are available to members at a discount of 35% (plus postage & packing). Non-members are also able to purchase books from the Club.
Orders can be placed through the Publications page.