November 29, 1879, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

April 3, 1964, New York City.

Community Church of New York Unitarian Universalist, New York City.

Holmes graduated from Harvard University, Phi Beta Kappa. His grandfather, John Cummings Haynes, manager of the Oliver Ditson music publishing house, helped pay his Harvard tuition. Holmes was ordained in 1904, and became minister of the Unitarian Third Congregational Church, Dorchester, Massachusetts. In February 1907, he became junior minister at the Church of the Messiah in New York City. His works include:

  1. All Hail the Pageant of the Years
  2. Almighty God, Beneath Whose Eye
  3. America Triumphant, Brave Land of Pioneers
  4. God of the Nations, Near and Far
  5. God of the Searching Mind
  6. Now Give Heart’s Onward Habit
  7. O, Father, Thou Who Givest All
  8. O Father, While I Live, I Pray
  9. O God, Whose Law from Age to Age
  10. O God, Whose Love Is Over All
  11. O God, Whose Smile Is in the Sky
  12. O Lord of Stars and Sunlight
  13. O Thou, Whose Presence Moved Before
  14. O’er Continent and Ocean
  15. Show to Us Thy Way, O God
  16. Thou God of All, Whose Spirit Moves
  17. Thou God, Whose Living Voice Was Heard
  18. Though Man, the Fiery Element, Sink
  19. Voice of God Is Calling, The