CBC News / Montreal church partners with circus company to help pay the bills

An acrobat dangles from the rafters of a 150-year-old church while a lightshow paints the altar in blue, pink and yellow lights.

Call it a leap of faith.

This was the first show of Le Monastère — the monastery, in English — a circus cabaret show held inside a downtown Montreal church.

Le Monastère has partnered with the Anglican church of St. Jax — and it could be the first agreement of its kind.

"It's been a fantastic joy to see for the first time, we believe, a circus company permanently installed in an active, consecrated church," said Rev. Graham Singh, incumbent pastor at St. Jax.