I got some questions for my Syriac friends. I've been a big student of oriental and early liturgies. I wanted to fact check a few ideas and assumptions.
1) would you describe your "kiss of peace". I assumed that it was like the Coptic, or the one of the Assyrian Church of the East, where it is a kind of hand clasp, kind of gesture. As opposed to a shoulder kiss (Armenian), or a cheek kiss, (EO).
In my experience, it is almost identical to what Copts do.
2) Do you have a water blessing where the priest tosses and/or dabs water on the congregants, as he blesses them in the names of various saints? In the Coptic church the priest does that with the water that is used to clean the sacred vessles, after he cleans the eucharistic utensils at the end of the service.
My understanding is that these things come from a Syriac influence, or are present in one of the early liturgies like St. Basil that was used by some of the early Oriental Churches.
We don't have a water blessing like the Copts do. Actually, I am surprised to learn that it is the water used to clean the sacred vessels, as that is usually drunk by the priest or deacon in almost all traditions I am aware; this is the case out of respect for the Eucharist. Unless the water is water poured into the vessels after they have been thoroughly cleaned (and the "cleaning water" has been drunk by the priest), I think I would have issues with this. Help me understand what your practice is.
The only time we bless water (that I personally know of) is Theophany (when we drink it), Pentecost (when it is sprinkled), and house blessings (sprinkled).
3) do make use of a curtain? as either a part of the iconostatis, or in the area where the iconostatis would be? As do the Armenians, and some Coptic churches have a curtain that is part of the iconostasis.
We use curtains, and have no iconostasis.