Replied by SPGC
on Friday, September 07 2012, 01:49 PM
John Hamill, the former librarian at UGLE, has confirmed that it is not known why Grand Chapter used this expression, but he thinks they probably just wanted to be different.
If you look at the Charter of your Chapter you will see that the words used are “In the Name of the Grand Architect of the Universe”. The same words are also used on Patents and other official Grand Chapter documents. Thus it can be confirmed that the initials on the Certificate represent "In the Name of the GRAND Architect of the Universe".
The Charter of Compact (1766) did not contain the phrase Grand Architect, using instead "The Most Enlightened East".
When the charters were first issued it may have been thought prudent to change Great to Grand Architect, so as to create a distinction between the two Orders
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