In The Valley Of The Shadow Of Death

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Synopsis

A Chaplain of Marines Speaks His Heart and Mind from the Front Lines of Afghanistan - Fr. David Alexander, an Antiochian priest and chaplain with the United States Marine Corps, gives us a window into life with his Marines as they battle in Afghanistan and his struggle to be a shepherd in their midst.

Episodes

  • Homecomings

    Homecomings

    25/06/2013 Duration: 27min

    Fr. David is back in the United States and shares one final message from home about what homecoming is like for combat-deployed troops.

  • Mariu, Skoog, Brother Priests, and the Mother of God

    Mariu, Skoog, Brother Priests, and the Mother of God

    18/06/2013 Duration: 32min

    In this final episode of "In the Valley of the Shadow of Death" (for now), Fr. David reports from Bagram Air Base, explaining the simultaneous sense of community and lack of community that marked his time in Afghanistan.

  • A Tale of Three Paschas: Part 3

    A Tale of Three Paschas: Part 3

    11/06/2013 Duration: 27min

    Fr. David chronicles what could be the last of his Paschas spent in Afghanistan, describing the services he celebrated in Kandahar at a very unique Romanian chapel.

  • A Tale of Three Paschas: Part 2

    A Tale of Three Paschas: Part 2

    06/06/2013 Duration: 20min

    Fr. David describes the first of the two Paschas that he celebrated this year in Afghanistan.

  • A Tale of Three Paschas: Part 1

    A Tale of Three Paschas: Part 1

    27/05/2013 Duration: 19min

    In this first episode of a three-part series, Fr. David recalls his very first Pascha while on deployment.

  • Indirect Fire

    Indirect Fire

    21/05/2013 Duration: 11min

    A mortar attack on his base prompts Fr. David to look back on past experiences with indirect fire.

  • Resembling Dust

    Resembling Dust

    14/05/2013 Duration: 19min

    Fr. David explains how the humility that comes with exhaustion can bring you very close to God.

  • Being an Impostor

    Being an Impostor

    07/05/2013 Duration: 26min

    Fr. David tries to put himself in the shoes of a non-canonical Orthodox chaplain who is attempting to minister to canonical Orthodox marines.

  • In Between

    In Between

    23/04/2013 Duration: 23min

    Fr. David describes what it's like when you're about to deploy or about to come home.

  • Facing West

    Facing West

    04/08/2010 Duration: 26min

    Fr. David Alexander presents his final episode of In the Valley of the Shadow of Death. As he prepares to return home from Afghanistan, he reflects on what he has learned and those things for which he is thankful.

  • Convoy

    Convoy

    20/07/2010 Duration: 24min

    Fr. David explains that with convoys, as with life, the worst parts are paradoxically also the best.

  • Eve Means Life

    Eve Means Life

    07/07/2010 Duration: 19min

    Fr. David has been away from his baby daughter, Eve Marie, for five months. Here he reflects on the nature and meaning of their long-distance relationship.

  • Paschal Joy, Paschal Lessons, Paschal Rest

    Paschal Joy, Paschal Lessons, Paschal Rest

    25/06/2010 Duration: 20min

    Fr. David shares some of the joys and frustrations of celebrating Pascha in Afghanistan.

  • Finding Scott Hakim

    Finding Scott Hakim

    09/06/2010 Duration: 33min

    While looking for an Orthodox Marine, Fr. David is reminded that, when conducting a search, you often find much more than you bargained for.

  • A Just War

    A Just War

    26/05/2010 Duration: 38min

    Fr. David applies St. Augustine's seven principles of a just war to Operation Enduring Freedom.

  • Fallen Angels

    Fallen Angels

    13/05/2010 Duration: 21min

    Fr. David explains that there are many similarities between American Marines and the Afghani people, particularly in the area of loss.

  • Brief Moments

    Brief Moments

    28/04/2010 Duration: 31min

    Fr. David reminds us that we need to be content where we are, looking for those brief moments in which God can speak to people who need to hear.

  • Full Hearts

    Full Hearts

    14/04/2010 Duration: 14min

    Fr. David sends his first group of Marines into a fight on their own, and he blesses them before they go.

  • A Table in the Presence of My Enemies

    A Table in the Presence of My Enemies

    31/03/2010 Duration: 27min

    Fr. David describes what it's like to build and prepare an Orthodox altar for his Marines in Afghanistan, most of whom are not Orthodox Christians.

  • Faithful Guardians of Soul and Body

    Faithful Guardians of Soul and Body

    17/03/2010 Duration: 19min

    Fr. David reflects on guardian angels, both his earthly protector, the Chaplain's Assistant, and his heavenly one.

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