In this case, literally:
An unexpected ceiling collapse took place late Wednesday night at a New Iberia (Louisiana) place of worship.
A 20-by-20 foot section of the plaster ceiling of the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, located at Main and Jefferson streets, peeled away and fell to the floor just in front of the altar. Plaster was strewn on the first few rows of pews. The collapse took place after Wednesday night services and there were no injuries.