Thousands of Roman Catholics will attend Madison Square Garden at 6 p.m. to celebrate mass, where Jennifer Hudson, Gloria Estefan, Kelli O’Hara, Harry Connick Jr., Martin Sheen, Norm Lewis and othe and others will perform before His Holiness arrives.
Native New Yorker and ultimate Knicks fan Spike Lee will also be in attendance for the celebration.
In a post to his Instagram, Spike Lee urged Pope Francis to say a prayer for the Knicks. He hopes to meet him and deliver the message in person.
The Knicks could use more than a prayer. Last year the orange and blue squad had only 17 wins all season. Let’s hope the pontiff blesses the Knicks’ locker room with a miracle. Prayers up.
Dearest Pope, Dearest Holiness, Welcome To New York City And Also To Madison Square Garden-The World’s Most Famous Arena. I Know You Care About The Downtrodden So Before You Begin Your 6pm Mass At Da Garden Can You Please Stop By The Lockeroom Of Our Beloved New York Knickerbockers (Da Orange And Blue) And Say Alittle Prayer? God Bless You.See Hope To Meet You Tonight. I’ll Be Sitting Courtside. Peace Be Onto You.In Gratitude, Spike Lee
Aside from Spike Lee, there are others out there hoping Pope Francis blesses the Knicks, Rangers and the entire Madison Square Garden arena. Here’s what people had to say on Twitter.
#BlessTheGarden, #BlessTheKnicks, #BlessTheRangers
Asked Phil Jackson if he had any special requests for the Pope, who is performing mass at MSG tonight. “Bless the Garden?” he said.
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) September 25, 2015
i need the pope to pass by madison square garden and bless the knicks cuz we gon need it. lmao.
— KNICKSTAPE (@IrvTheMortician) September 25, 2015
If the pope holding a mass at MSG can’t bless the Knicks than nothing can
— Kaitlin (@KatieeBee35) September 25, 2015
Can the Pope bless MSG for the rangers this upcoming season?
— Hakeem (@Hakeem_Bokhari) September 25, 2015
Hope the pope bless the Rangers locker for a cup tomorrow #NYR
— steven (@steventes23) September 25, 2015
Some have tweeted directly to Pope Francis with hopes of receiving their message.
— Tyler Garnet (@garnet_tyler) September 24, 2015
— WEBLEEDBLUE (@WeBleedBlueNYC) September 24, 2015
— 6 GOD (@anickc23) September 25, 2015