Q. In my parish at daily Mass, the Alleluia and verse before the Gospel is omitted. Is this permitted?
— R.M., Bayonne, N.J.
A. Here’s a reply from Msgr. Charles Pope:
Yes. The General Instruction of the Roman Missal (No. 63) indicates that the Gospel acclamation, if not sung, may be omitted. And while this does not seem to forbid reciting it, the acclamation is generally envisioned as a sung text, so if no one can reasonably lead the singing, it can be omitted.
Another possibility is to sing the Alleluia without the verse. Generally most congregations are able to sing a well-known melody of Alleluia without a cantor. But here, too, situations vary and the celebrant can omit the Gospel Acclamation.