My pastor always cuts out the psalm at daily Mass. It is included at the weekend (Sunday) celebration. Is this liturgically acceptable? Is the removal of the Psalm an option under any circumstances?
The Responsorial Psalm is not an optional part of the Mass on Sundays. Omitting it is an abuse. According to the General Instruction of the Roman Missal "After the reading, the cantor of the psalm, or the reader, sings or recites the psalm, and the people make the response." n.90
Also: "The psalm is an integral part of the liturgy of the word . . ." n.36 However, on days when there is only one reading:
"a)during the time when the Alleluia is sung, either the alleluia psalm, or the psalm and alleluia with its verse, or only the psalm or alleluia may be used;
b)during the time when the alleluia is not sung, either the psalm or the verse before the gospel may be used." n.38
"The psalm when sung may be either the psalm assigned in the Lectionary or the gradual from the Graduale Romanum or the responsorial psalm or the psalm with Alleluia as the response from The Simple Gradual in the form they have in those books." n.36
There is not an option for replacing the responsory with a hymn.